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 [...]
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 [...]
Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks


This paper considers teens' identity in online spaces as they transition to adulthood. Identity exploration plays a critical role for teens at this stage and is played out through the interaction with their peers and peer groups in communal spaces which are now predominantly online. The focus is to consider why teens make use of social networking sites to negotiate or perform their identity and what is it about these spaces that make it attractive. The argument this paper makes is that negotiation Read more [...]
Social Networks

Instagram and Social Networks: Benefits for Users and Businesses.

Abstract Web 2.0 has become the main interactive medium for users all over the world within the past few years. Many different platforms exist through this medium for users and creators to be able to connect with each other and social network. These platforms include social media and social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Through these platforms, individuals are able to converse and discuss many different topics. With the recent development of Social Networking Read more [...]