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Queen's University
Film and Media
FILM 260
Dale Kristensen

Week 2: iFriends 1. Coming of Age in the Digital Age : by Kevin Makice - legal age to obtain own social media account = 13 - But, many kids lie about their age to achieve access to these accounts long before the legal age - In many instances, parents even help their children lie about their age for this purpose - Laws and disincentives are in place to prevent companies from crossing the legal line and allowing underage users to sign up for their own accounts - Privacy = huge concern and reason as to why these laws and restrictions exist - “When we talk about kids being active online, the worry is less about what and with whom they are sharing their lives than what hidden data their participation generates that can be exploited by others.” - Giving parents information about how data is collected and what is available to the collectors of this data through social media sites may be better than setting an age limit - Parents know their children best and therefore are the best to make decisions on what their child should be doing rather than age - There is no proof that at 13 a child goes through some sort of maturity transformation 2. ʻFacebook fatigueʼ and the aging social network : by Carys Mills - “Once a youth-centric network, Facebookʼs one billion users now span almost every age. But some of its early adoptees say they donʼt want to stay online as long as they did before.” - People do not like all the changes in design and privacy of Facebook but are still using it along with Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram (all owned by Facebook) - More than 1 billion people are still using Facebook but research shows that younger people are spending less time on Facebook - The number of older users on Facebook (45+) is growing - Advertising for Facebook = still targeted for younger generations - Facebook most likely will continue, it has become a given, integrated into everyday life 3. ʻSelfiesʼ just as much for the insecure as show-offs : by Jillian McHugh, BusinessDay - 2/3 of women have admitted to taking these types of photos - They may be less about being vain and more about “seeking reassurance and making statements about ourselves” - Selfies provide a confidence boost, reassurance that we look ok - Also show off where an individual is/has been and/or what they are doing - Shares fashion inspiration between friends - Women more often look to friends to inspire fashion rather than celebrities possibly because they know that celebrities are airbrushed and have stylists etc - Also helps friends dress in a way that they will fit in with friends - Selfies have become normalized - People post these ʻselfiesʼ mostly on Facebook (rather than instagram or other) because of the perceived privacy available -> most people do not want these types of images spread outside of a circle of friends 4. The Social Psychology of the Selfie : By Christine Erickson, Mashable - “Self-image is important, an not always in a narcissistic way. Itʼs how we define ourselves, and present for others to see. We rely on othersʻ perceptions, judgements and appraisals to develop our social self.” - “looking-glass self” = a psychological idea which proposes that people develop a sense of self based on the perceptions of others with whom we interact with - The ability to interact with 1000s of people strengthens the impact that others have on our self-value - Having a profile picture allows an individual to present a certain side of themselves and filter what side of themselves is shown - On Facebook, people look at your profile picture first and “Studies have shown that the comments on your Facebook profile picture strongly affect your level of perceived physical, social and professional attractiveness.” - In online life, we are able to untag, delete, and otherwise alter the images presented of ourselves so that the social image presented of ourselves is what we desire it to be - Oneʼs image on social media has become, like most things, a competition, having instantaneous access to other peopleʼs image and information they have posted about their lives encourages social comparison 5. How Facebook Ruined Dating (And Breaking Up Too) : by Allison McCann, BuzzFeed - Facebook is altering relationship patterns - Differing displays of relationships on Facebook (relationship status, pictures with partner, etc) = differing levels of commitment - Those who have their partner in their picture and their status set on ʻin a relationship” were more likely to stay together, not cheat and not scope alternative partners - We are able to Facebook stalk potential partners or people with whom we have agreed to go on a date with, this reduces uncertainty in relationships but also eliminates the feeling of excitement which comes with venturing into something unknown therefore we lose the butterflies and excitement - We are able to know a person through Facebook before knowing them in real life - Research shows that it is more what people do not do on Facebook which causes the most tension: PDFA - public displays of Facebook affection, i.e., profile picture with partner, relationship status, reflected how committed people were in real life - Facebook makes it harder to break up - People feel more pressure from friends and family to stay together when their relationship is public on Facebook - Comments like “OMG, what happened” when the PDFA of a relationship status gets turned back to single - Facebook has also made it virtually impossible to avoid/escape an ex especially when social lives are entangled - Facebook also allows exʼs to continue to stalk each other after the relationship - Remaining friends with an ex delays emotional recovery and ability to move on 6. I Now Pronounce You FBO: Facebook Official : by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard - relationships used to follow the pattern: date, get engaged, get married but Facebook has added the milestone of becoming Facebook Official - Previously, the announcement of an intended long term relationship would only occur to the wider public if an engagement announcement was placed in the local paper or through wedding invitations - Researcher Jesse Fox concluded that “Facebook is a positive factor for young people in the dating pool-at least in the initial stages of getting to know a potential partner” - The subjects in Foxʼs study primarily did not use Facebook as a dating site but rather used it to further the relationship after contact had already been made - Individuals can ma
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