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Communities and Web 2.0 Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

Online Dating: Encouraging users to depict and enhance their physical appearance online.

ABSTRACT: Online dating platforms and apps are all around us with photos being the main focus. People base opinions on what they see first and this also shapes their reaction to others. In a world that is integrating more online sites everyday it is now more evident that a picture does say a thousand words. With this being both positive and negative for its users. Some users are spending lots of time and effort into perfecting their ideal self online so they can impress and attract others. In Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Faking Faces: Instagram’s role in propagating unrealistic beauty standards

ABSTRACT The fundamental goal of this paper is to understand how online platforms support self-presentation and impression management in the context of Instagram profiles. Emphasis will be placed on the extent to which these online platforms propagate an ideal body image through influencers and platform affordances such as filters and third-party editing applications such as FaceTune. The various articles and research which explores this very subject have reiterated time and time again that users Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Who are you? The identity paradox in virtual environments.

Abstract What is identity, one may ask can be quite tricky to define as there is no end spectrum when defining this concept. In fact, it is not uncommon for most people to come across questions like ‘Who am I’ or ‘Where do I belong’ at a certain point in life which furthermore imply the complexity of identity and continues to evolve as one progresses through life. The purpose of this paper concerns the multiple facade of identity found in virtual platforms where it aims to explore the Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Ideal Self: The virtual representation of Identity on Facebook

Abstract Through Facebook as a Social Networking Site, user’s identities are being altered and subverted as being exposed to online platforms. Users, with online platforms, reimagined themselves through the lenses of how they should be presented instead of how they are in real spaces. This paper attempts to show the correlation between the concept of “ideal self” and young adults’ self-representation on Facebook and whether popular culture frames their notion of what is meant by an ideal Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0 Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

What sacrifices do we make in order to blend in between online and offline communities and how much of our self-identity do we lose?

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