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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

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

Identity Formation within Online Mental Health Communities

Abstract This paper seeks to analyse the activities and behaviours that users engage in to construct identities within online mental health communities. I argue that these communities encourage users to identify with their mental illnesses, with the potential to improve or worsen their mental wellbeing. The paper begins by discussing mental health diagnoses as a tool used to define and confirm identity in online mental health communities. Following this is an analysis of the potential for anonymity Read more [...]
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Communities and Online Gaming

Online gaming community: an addictive hyperreality to young gamers

Utteenun.Nafeesah-19607144-Conferencingpaper.finalversion.Ass1_-1Download  ABSTRACT This paper will argue that the hyperreality, which is produced by the online gaming community leads to addictive disorder behaviour among adolescents and young adult gamers. Here the particular focus is on the massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) which is an online gaming community platform. Scholarly research will be used to identify this problem through the motives of adolescents who are in the online Read more [...]
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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 [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

Social media platforms affecting people and their own identity.

Social-media-platforms-affecting-people-and-their-own-identityDownload Social media platforms affecting people and their own identity. Abstract This paper explores the three negative effects that can be caused to users of different social media platforms on their selfhood. This article also differs from identity and social media and impacts on the offline identity. With the implementation of social media in the 21st century, this has indeed caused a great impact on our selfhood, because Read more [...]