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Social Networks

The Impact of Instagram Use in Young Women

This study explores the immediate impacts Instagram has on young women through body dysmorphia, bullying and low self-esteem. It has been proven through extensive research that Instagram has multiple effects on impressionable teenagers. The results showed that the application caused a lot of self-doubt, self-hate, body image issues and a place where people can openly bully others anonymously. It showed that mental health disorders were common among young teens experiencing similar feelings because of Instagram’s superficial standards. It then concludes that Instagram is a harmful application making it much harder for women to fight the patriarchy when unachievable standards of beauty are displayed everywhere and all the time. Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Life Through a Filter: How Social Network Pressures Lead to an Identity & Body Image Crisis

Abstract This papers details the complex issue that arise from the pressures of Social Networking Sites (SNS). While originally deemed to be merely a new form of communication, SNS have invaded our minds to the point where users subconsciously present themselves online in a way that corresponds with SNS ‘standards’. These standards are set by those that users follow, whether it be their friends/acquaintances or ‘Influencers’ who appear to be more happy, rich and successful than the onlookers. 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 [...]