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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

Exploring how Gen Z will suffer an identity crisis: Excessive social comparison and communication on Instagram.

ABSTRACT Although Gen Z rely on social media and networks for building identity and community, image-centric social media platforms such as Instagram are increasingly prevalent. Excessive social comparison and communication on these platforms can cause serious implications on body image, mental health, self-worth, and overall identity development for users. This paper will highlight the ways in which Instagram has facilitated detrimental implications on the identity development of Gen Z, and Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Exploring the negative impacts that unrealistic body ideals created by social media influencers have on youngsters.

Conference-paper-pdfDownload Abstract This paper talks about, the factors influencing the enforcement of new body ideals for young males and females in society, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram by Influencers. By exploring articles, researches made on the subject, and books, to understand the behaviours and causes for this new cultural behaviour. This paper discusses that social media influencers are enforcing new body ideals for young males and Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

New way of Portraying Curvy Women on Instagram

Abstract This paper will argue that social media platform mainly Instagram is creating new beauty ideals which is reshaping the minds of people about their body-positivity. With the use of various hashtags, celebrities collaboration and campaigns, the reconstruction of the ideal body is reviews so that women of different curves feel confident in their skin. It  emphasizes user connections and establishes communication between participants to maximize confidence. Instagram is an online Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Instagram Hair Communities Empowering Black Women

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss the impact of natural hair communities on Instagram on black women’s hair representation and their identity construction. The main argument is that black women’s hair is more represented with the popularity of online hair communities on Instagram. Moreover, it has contributed to the empowerment of black women and the promotion of their hair types. The paper addresses three distinct supporting ideas with the use of scholarly articles and examples 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

Branding and Identity Construction Through Online Communities

Abstract: Social media platform users aiming to project authentic representations of themselves, however on online communities, social media users follow the branding principles as companies to execute carefully constructed online identities. Through the discussion of the principles of company brand formation, the lucidity of identity construction, company and brand identity, self-branding through online communities like Tinder, nature of social identification, and online company communities on Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

Instagram encourages new communities and allows localised communities to extend beyond the constraints of time and space

The rise of Web 2.0 and the phenomenon of social media has enabled new and local communities to thrive and stay connected through the presence of the internet. In the twenty-first century we are able to ‘share’ more than ever, and through the capabilities of Web 2.0, internet users have become both consumers and producers in our digital age. Technology is further embedded into our lives everyday and we rely on it heavily to maintain our relationships online (Hampton & Wellman, 2018). Web Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0 Identity in Communities and Networks

Communication and Collaboration through Web 2.0 Affordances on Virtual Online Communities for Expression of Identity: Performance of Identity on Instagram

Communication-and-Collaboration-through-Web-2.0-Affordances-on-Virtual-Online-Communities-for-Expression-of-Identity-Performance-of-Identity-on-Instagram-pdf-converted-1download Abstract: This paper will analyse, explain and discuss the ways in which online virtual communities have facilitated communication and collaboration on social networking sites (SNSs) using Web 2.0 affordances to bring out different aspects of identity. Instagram will be used as an example of a SNS to demonstrate the Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

New way of portraying curvy women on Instagram

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