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Identity in Communities and Networks

The Hallyu Community and the Identities Within Them

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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

The Relationship between Online Anonymity and Self-Disclosure of Users on Social Platforms

ABSTRACT This paper is included as part of the Identity in Communities and Networks stream. It provides a sociological perspective and incorporates the overarching topics of virtual communities and online social networks both in Web 1.0 and the more recent Web 2.0. It also explores the concept of identity in the online context as well as offline. The focus of this paper is on self-presentation, anonymity, impression management, privacy, and freedom of speech. The act of becoming anonymous or Read more [...]
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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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Social media has helped in manufacturing deceptive and inauthentic identities online.

Social-media-has-helped-in-manufacturing-deceptive-and-inauthentic-identities-onlineDownload Abstract The age of Web 2.0 technologies has led to greater scopes in developing one’s identity and sharing it to a larger audience online. It, however, has also allowed for the creation of online identities which facilitate the spread of deception and inauthenticity of a person’s identity. This essay sets out to examine how social media platforms and Web 2.0 technologies work to manufacture new Read more [...]
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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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What sacrifices do we make in order to blend in between online and offline communities and how much of our self-identity do we lose?

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The Impact of Social Media and Social Media Influencers on the Construction of Identity and Self-Esteem for Adolescent Males.

ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on the impact of social media and social media influencers on the construction of self-esteem and body image within adolescent males. Social networking sites have changed the way in which users not only interact with others but how they develop and interact with themselves. The constant exposure to a vast range of media, influences the ways in which users construct their own identity. The overall image that emerges from the literature depicts a negative correlation between Read more [...]