Expressing myself, connecting with you

Young Taiwanese females’ photographic self-portraiture on Wretch Album

Authored by: Yin-han Wang

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415520775
eBook ISBN: 9781315758350
Adobe ISBN: 9781317635925


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Children and young people coming of age in the digital era incorporate digital and social media into their everyday lives. As access to computers and the internet reach near universal level (above 99 per cent) for children and youth aged 12–20 in Taiwan (Research Development and Evaluation Commission, RDEC 2011), content creation on Web 2.0 media platforms, such as social networking sites (SNS), increasingly alford opportunities for them to express, explore themselves and to connect with others. A study of Taiwanese teenagers’ media use by Fubon (2008) 1 reveals that as teenagers age and develop verbal and computer literacies, their new media activities change gradually from seeking entertainment (computer or online games) to emphasising various forms of social communication enabled by the internet, such as instant messaging (IM) chat, blogging and sharing audiovisual content. In 2011, 64 per cent of Taiwanese aged 12–20 reported to have used SNS in the previous month (only second to the 21–30 age cohort), and 54 per cent of the 12–20 group had updated their personal blogs or home pages in the previous month (the highest proportion among all age groups) (RDEC 2011).

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