Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

“Authentic” selves: How Facebook’s push for real names causes users wishing to explore their identity to invest in alternative platforms

On the early web, anonymity and pseudonymity were both accepted and expected (Christopherson, 2007). Today, our social web is a very different place, where users expect “authenticity” from one another (Lim et al., 2015), and major social networking services are policed by strict “real name” policies (Chen, 2018). Facebook, a social networking service with 2.5 billion monthly active users (Hutchinson, 2020), was an early implementer of real name policy, and continues to use it to police users Read more [...]
Identity in Communities and Networks

Need for Validation: Visual Social Media and Influencer Identities Promotion of Unrealistic Expectations for Adolescent Females

Abstract: The evolution of technology and social media has transformed the ways adolescents communicate and portray themselves. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and most recently TikTok, heavily rely on visual affordances in the portrayal of user identities. The emergence of influencers is made possible through these visual affordances, as everyday users can build a strong following portraying themselves through images. However, these visual representations of identity online may Read more [...]