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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 Online Gaming

Online Gaming: On a Quest for Escapism from Reality

Online Gaming: On a Quest for Escapism from RealityDownload Abstract Online gaming has long been in the list of controversial topics that have sparked public’s interests but on the negative side. Pertaining to this, the gaming community is also taking the blame of being a bad influence on teenage gamers. Based on research, this conference paper aims to demonstrate a pragmatic approach to the methods online gaming and its community has been arguably beneficial to teenagers who seek an escape Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks

The online community of Instagram: a tool promoting self acceptance in young females

Abstract The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of Instagram on the body image of young women. The online community of Instagram is promoting self acceptance in young females by creating new beauty standards. For the purpose of this analysis, research has been done on the social media platform by searching for famous hashtags as well as analyzing some of the body positivity activists and brands’ page. The resultant social undertaking intends to make young females who are body dissatisfied Read more [...]