Fraping, social norms and online representations of self

Wendy Moncur (Lead / Corresponding author), Kathryn M. Orzech, Fergus G. Neville

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    This paper reports on qualitative insights generated from 46 semi-structured interviews with adults ranging in age from 18 to 70. It focuses on an online social behaviour, ‘fraping’, which involves the unauthorised alteration of content on a person’s social networking site (SNS) profile by a third party. Our exploratory research elucidates what constitutes a frape, who is involved in it, and what the social norms surrounding the activity are. We provide insights into how frape contributes to online sociality and the co-construction of online identity, and identify opportunities for further work in understanding the interplay between online social identities, social groups and social norms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-131
    Number of pages7
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Early online date20 May 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


    • Fraping
    • Social media
    • Social norms
    • Social identity
    • Teenagers
    • Young adults

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • General Psychology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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