Buckingham’s theory of Identity was introduced this week. Normally, Identity is something unique to each of us that we assume is more or consistent over time. For example, the identity card of everyone. And Identity also implies a relationship with a border collective or social group of some kind. Therefore, nationality identity;culture identity; gender identity.

Buckingham frames five contrasting perspectives on the development of identity which are explored more deeply in the rest of the volume (Buckingham, 2008). He list five 5 approaches, which all from analogue world and he also link these theories to young people and our digital culture life.

Identity Formation: The Psychology of Adolescences is the first one and the main one I would introduce. Buckingham historically covered the period from when adolescence was first ‘diagnosed’ as a distinctive period of traumatic identity (Hall, 1906) and Erikson’s notion of adolescence as a “psychosocial moratorium,” a period of “time out” in which young people can experiment with different potential identities(Buckingham, 2008). But from the idea of identity which being formed through the combination of self and also interact with other people as very fit the process and culture of blogging. A blogger can present an identity, and use for self-reflection and self-realization, and blogs can develop personal thoughts online also interacted with the feedback from others.This is pretty much compatible with identity formation being a process but not a distinct stage as bloggers write the blog and be evolved(Life online or not? 2016).

Nowadays, young people’s digital identity is more important than their self-identity as an adult, which can reflect on those social media platform. I’m not native, but I start to engage with digital media at primary school. I think most of the young people at my age start using Facebook when they are young as well. Because of the long period of engaging with digital media, we seem pretend different way of ourselves. While we tend to use the terms ‘digital identity’ and ‘online identity’ as synonyms, technically speaking, they are different. Your digital identity describes you uniquely on the web. As an internet user, you create a social identity for yourself(Buzzle, 2016). For example, when you re-tweet a funny news or photo, maybe the comment you leave is ‘ha ha hahaha so funny’, but in fact, you just swipe your Facebook with a poker face.


1.Buckingham, D. (2008), ‘Introducing Identity’, in D. Buckingham, Youth, Identity, and Digital Media, Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press. Available at:https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/9780262524834_Youth_Identity_and_Digital_Med ia.pdf

2.Buzzle. (2016). Definition and Gist of Digital Identity Explained With Examples. [online] Available at: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/digital-identity-explained-with-examples.html [Accessed 30 Oct. 2016].

3.Life online or not?. (2016). Buckingham: Introducing identity’. Youth, identity, and digital media’. [online] Available at: https://lifecurate.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/buckingham-introducing-identity-youth-identity-and-digital-media/ [Accessed 30 Oct. 2016].