Back in college, we all learned that children go though the "identity" stage of development (according to Erikson
) around the ages 13-20 years old. Has anyone seen any reasearch ANYWHERE about how developing an online personality--an avatar, a myspace page--can effect that stage of development? A superficial look at it might generate the notion that children would be more likely to develop pseudo-schizophrenic identities. But in the same way that their brains are adapting to completing multiple tasks at once, perhaps their conciousness is also developing a healthy way to deal with having two separate personalities...one online and one in "real life." Has anyone seen anything ANYWHERE having to do with this?