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ROSA, Gabriel Artur Marra e  and  SANTOS, Benedito Rodrigues dos. Facebook: negotiation of identities and fear of violence. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.66, n.1, pp. 18-32. ISSN 1809-5267.

This paper analyzes the factors that guide the composition of the profile of Facebook users and the participation of the subjects in this social network, a process that we are calling negotiation of identity. Its focus is on the tension between privacy and publicity, intimacy and exposure in social networks.The methodology is based on qualitative research methods, and on in-depth interviews with ten young Facebook users, of both sexes, all of them living in Brasilia-DF. The result indicates the fear of violence as one of the main determinants of identifying features in the composition of the selected profiles and network shares. The respondents claimed not to expose their professional and personal lives, for preserving them against the urban violence. We find, therefore, that Facebook users feel insecure in the virtual world, this being a demonstration that fear has entered in the subjectivities of individuals, which becomes opaque the supposed barrier between the real and the virtual worlds.

Keywords : Facebook; Negotiation of identities; Fear; Violence.

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