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Identity in Communities and Networks

The allure and anonymity of Grindr

ABSTRACT: Queer people finding each other nowadays is much the same as getting a new job; you’re either referred by someone or you do it online. This paper looks at how a part of the queer community are shamed into deceiving each other online with the ease of catfishing and deception on Grindr. With such a strong body beautiful cultural image, the notches in the bedposts of gay men now define their self-worth. “Be authentic” is one of the six pillars of community guidelines for Grindr, Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

How and Why Identity Is Presented on Social Networking Sites

Abstract Identity has been viewed as essential to the expression of individuality within societies and communities. Social networking sites like Instagram and Tinder have also created its own communities, where self-identity and self-representation have become integral to how individuals are perceived. This paper explores the idea that online identities have become less significant due to identity deception. It argues that social networking sites are platforms where identity can be represented Read more [...]