Revista de Estudios Sociales
Print version ISSN 0123-885X
CORREDOR, Javier Alejandro; PINZON, Oscar Humberto and GUERRERO, Rosa Marcela. A World without Center: Culture, Identity Construction, and Cognition in the Digital Age. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2011, n.40, pp. 44-56. ISSN 0123-885X.
This article explores the effects that new information technologies have on the cognitive development and the construction of identity among Colombian adolescents. It first reviews the recent literature regarding changes in adolescent development and culture in the international context and illustrates such changes with various case studies. Specifically, the article delves into the relationship between identity and culture, specifying how the representational means available on the Internet modify this relationship. The authors propose three changes as central to this transformation: the way in which the construction of identity is prompted through the creation of external representations in social media; the migration of everyday spaces of interaction to online environments; and the appearance of global subcultures.
Keywords : Identity; Culture; Information Technologies; Social Media.