“Alternatively, it is elsewhere assumed that we construct our identities more actively out of the materials presented to us during socialization or in our various roles”. (Scott and Marshall, 2009, pp.331).
Gender Identities are usually socially constructed during adolescence
“Beginning in adolescence, girls and boys face increased pressure to conform to culturally sanctioned gender roles (Priess).”
*The gender intensification hypothesis posits that, as adolescents experience these and other socializing influences, they will become more stereotypical in their gender-role identities and gendered attitudes and behaviors
In my paper I am trying to show people how much of what we are is actually socially constructed from an early age by society. This causes a clear gender divide and limits independence. It is important to realize this because much of how we think revolves around these gender identities; and they are not always positive
This is an important topic even if you don’t use social media, because chances are, your identity is also constructed based on your gender. This may not impact everyone negatively, but feeling like you have to conform to society’s views is an unhealthy way to live. It limits your individualism and independence.
68% of young adults are now active on Social Media
Women use social media 40% more than men