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2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Sunday, July 30 • 15:31 - 17:00
The Presentation Of Selfie In Everyday Life: Considering The Relationship Between Social Media Design And User In The Online Actions And Interactions Of Young People [FULL]

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Author: Harry Dyer

Abstract: Against a backdrop of young people increasingly using an array of social media platforms for a range of social activities (Greenwood et al., 2016), accessed through a variety of devices (Lenhart, 2015), this paper reports upon the findings of a research project considering the effect of these platforms upon the actions and interactions of young people.

Reporting on findings from a series of interviews conducted over the course of a year with 9 participants, the research discusses the participants’ thoughts and impressions of the platforms, their uses of specific features, their social actions and interactions, and the effects of changes in their offline lives and their specific socio-cultural situations upon their online interactions.

The findings reveal a range of social media engagements by young people across a wide array of platforms, with the participants’ specific concerns and needs shaping how they engaged with social media. It was also found that the platforms played a role in shaping the actions and interactions of the young people, confining what was possible for them and informing how they approached social interaction on each platform. As such, it was noted that online social interactions are increasingly nuanced and multi-faceted, and therefore that an approach towards analyzing interactions online needs to account for the interplay between design and user from which unique and ongoing interactions emerge.

Sunday July 30, 2017 15:31 - 17:00 EDT
TRS 1-077- 7th Flr Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C19