Toward Adolescents’ Digital Identity Profiles: A Comparison between Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

  • Romain SohierEmail author
  • Joël Brée
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science book series (DMSPAMS)


This article analyzes how adolescents behave on the Internet. Based on the concept of identity, applied to the digital world, we seek to highlight the existence of digital identity profiles. Our methodology combines a qualitative study (n = 19) and a quantitative study (n = 343). The content analysis reveals the existence of three main profiles (and five sub-profiles). Quantitative analysis reveals, using the dynamic cloud method and the hierarchical ascendant, that five profiles segment our sample. After comparing these studies, we show similarities and differences between the profiles on many points (as, e.g., virtual reputation or relationships). We put in place the profiles on a continuum that shows importance of reality and virtuality for each adolescent.


Profiles Digital identity Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EM Normandie, Metis LabLe HavreFrance
  2. 2.Normandie University, Caen, France & ESSCA Ecole De ManagementAngersFrance

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