Instant Identity

Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging

by Shayla Thiel Stern (Author)
©2007 Textbook X, 144 Pages
Series: Mediated Youth, Volume 2


Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging explains how girls use instant messaging – a primary mode of new media communication for their generation – in order to flirt, bond, fight, and generally relate to peers in ways that both transcend and play into their culture’s dominant gender norms. Examining IM conversations and interviews with the girls, Shayla Thiel Stern demonstrates exactly how girls use IM to construct identity and negotiate sexuality, as they constantly move between childhood and adulthood in their language and actions online. This book is among the first of its kind to truly explore the millennial generation’s prevalent use of instant messaging and its implications for the future.


X, 144
ISBN (Softcover)
Weibliche Jugend Soziales Netzwerk Internet Communication Media Tween girl Media study Instant Messaging Computerunterstützte Kommunikation Youth
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 144 pp.

Biographical notes

Shayla Thiel Stern (Author)

The Author: Shayla Thiel Stern earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and is Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. A former editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, she is the author of chapters in Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (edited by Sharon Mazzarella) and Women in Mass Communication (edited by Pamela Creedon and Judith Cramer) as well as articles in Feminist Media Studies, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post.


Title: Instant Identity