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Social Media, Socially Crippling - Are you Obsessed with Social Media? - TechAddiction

Social Media, Socially Crippling - Are you Obsessed with Social Media? - TechAddiction | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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When you become obsessed with social media, you begin to lose touch with the real world.  Constant online activity turns people into antisocial beings.  When you cease to spend time with real people, not only do your relationships get affected, but you also become obsessed with the virtual world.  The longer one stares at a computer screen, the unhealthier one becomes.  Social media is a powerful tool and, to avoid addiction, it is important to use it responsibly.  

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This article is a warning to use social media with caution.  It seems sad to have approached a period in time where we need to be warned about our usage of online content.  However, we hear all too often about people becoming carried away with sites like Facebook and Twitter to a point where they falsify their identities.  It seems that the thoughts of Charles Cooley, a sociologist I learned about in sociology, are true.  The "looking glass self" is a theory that a person's self grows out of their social interactions with others.  In the case of online social media, people become one with the identity they create and can sometimes lose sight of their physical self.

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Online dating and a formula for love

Online dating and a formula for love | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Amy Webb was 30, still single and had no exciting prospects. She attempted online dating and had little success.  In an effort to help herself out, she made a list of 72 "ideal husband" characteristics she sought.  She also created 10 male profiles and acted like them for a month to see how woman interacted with the men.  What Amy learned was that popular female profiles used aspirational language, kept descriptions short and general, and lied about certain physical characteristics.  What did she do after? Well she did meet the man of her dreams after correcting her behavior in online dating. 

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Here we have a woman self admitting to catfishing others.  She made up 10 men and their profiles to pursue false online identities and learn about the world of online dating. While she did this only as a means to better her own dating behavior, she falsified her identity.  For one full month, she lived the lives of 10 men online.  I imagine it must be fun, even for such a short time, to be able to create an entirely new identity.  At the same time, the ease with which this was done can be startling to other online users.  If one woman so freely did this, imagine how many other people you encounter may be fraudulent.  

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It’s catfishing season! How to tell lovers from liars online, and more

It’s catfishing season! How to tell lovers from liars online, and more | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Catfish are not one size fits all.  Some catfish, or liars, are motivated by revenge, others are bored, lonely, in love, or scared.  How are you supposed to know if you are being catfished? If the person will not talk on a video, they won't meet in person, or they seem fake and questionable, the person may not be who they claim to be.  You can do your research and see if other people are using the same photos.  This is a sign of fraudulent accounts.  In a way, we are all catfish.  We have each edited our photographs or made ourselves too good to be true.

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The MTV show catfish popularized the deception occurring online.  Now, people who spend time on social media don't just have to worry about their actions, but also the actions of the people they interact with.  Entering any form of online relationship, friendship or romance, takes courage and trust.  When someone is deceived, it can completely change the way he or she interacts with others.  The online community no longer seems safe, and often people are left feeling more isolated than originally.  What is someone to do when they don't feel comfortable in real life, but they face deception online?

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Identity: Are you the Same Person Online & Offline? - YouTube

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As Marshall Mcluhan had said, we create our media and in turn it makes and shapes us.  The Internet allows to build and create our own personas.  We can create better versions of ourselves.  The problem is, we are constantly under the pressure to be better.  The online community opens the possibility for others to see who you are and what you're doing, and it causes others to feel the constant need to prove their own essence.  While trying to control your life and create "perfection," you are actually losing control.  By constantly seeking to improve your appearance or likability, you are in turn diminishing the self worth you had and lowering your confidence.

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1# I found this video great, straight to the point, short and cncise and great for a resource.

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Personal Branding Guide | How to Create an Awesome Online Brand Identity

Personal Branding Guide | How to Create an Awesome Online Brand Identity | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Social Media has leveled the playing field.  You can create a personal brand for yourself and share it cheaply or free via social media platforms.  You have the ability to decide who you want to be, have a logo or a unique name, interact with others, and even create a personal website.  This networking can be used to benefit yourself in a professional or social sense.

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Online use and social media do not have to just be for social purposes.  Creating an online identity can also benefit yourself in the professional world.  By marketing and displaying yourself, you are essentially creating recognition for who you are and what you do.  Prior to social media, you had to rely on expensive advertising or human interaction to spread awareness.  Now, we are familiar with people such as "Jenna Marbles" and "Fred Figglehorn" who created online social media recognition for themselves.

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China's Web Junkies: Internet Addiction Documentary | Op-Docs | The New York Times

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Imagine having your parents send you to a boot camp to cease your internet addiction.  That's the case for these Chinese teens.  Many of them spent hours on end gaming, surfing social media, or sitting at Internet cafes.  Some areas of the world, like China, are taking Internet addiction seriously.  While the US does not recognize living ones live online as a problem, other countries see that spending mass amounts of time online not only prevent people from functioning normal, but it also causes poor social and psychological health.  Once people forget to accomplish daily tasks and live "real" lives, they lose individuality.  As the video says, these people know the Internet inside and out, but they do not understand the human race.

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Living For Likes: 5 Ways Insecure People Use Social Media

Living For Likes: 5 Ways Insecure People Use Social Media | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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There's no way to deny it: Social media is a huge part of our daily lives.  However, people tend to use these sites to mask their insecurities, but they end up amplifying them instead. First, they use use it as an outlet for constant complaining.  These sites are then also used for stalking and constantly checking "likes."  Social media comes to run their lives, and they focus more time on posting than on the present moment.

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We all fall guilty: we log onto Facebook and search that attractive person from class.  We use social media to "stalk" others on a regular basis.  But do we really have a problem?  After all, you usually don't wake up in the morning and say "I feel insecure! Time to use social media!"  However, if you find yourself spending long hours on sites like Facebook and Twitter, and you can't help but complain and constantly check your page, you may have the warning signs of insecurity and over use.  In my opinion, the decrease in human interaction and social engagement cause people to focus more on online outlets and sources or socializing.  

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Kate Isabelle Fincher's curator insight, December 28, 2014 1:10 AM

10# greast insight into the topic and great information that can be re used and adapted for various concepts

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Should We Live Life, Or Capture It?

Should We Live Life, Or Capture It? | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Everyone wants to be the star of their own life.  Within hours, something you post could go viral.  Is this desire to be important causing disengagement with the moment?  Starting when cameras and video cameras were created, people became to live moments through a lens or through some gadget.  Social media has simply allowed an ease of sharing and archiving.  Gone are the days of eye-contact.  Instead, you can speak in a hall or look out at your wedding crowd and see a sea of smart hones and iPads.  As awesome as gadgets and social media are, they should compliment our lives, not define them.

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Can you imagine walking down the aisle and noticing that everyone is glued to their smartphone and recording device instead of focussing on the awe of the moment?  It is hard to encompass the actualization that people have become glued to technology.  Rather than live our lives, and enhance the moments with the Internet, we spend our days glued to digital devices.  It peaks my curiosity of what would happen if every piece of technology and social media disappeared.  The way we live our lives would surely change.

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Living Online: What I’ve Learned

Living Online: What I’ve Learned | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Grace Bonney has spent the last 10 years living her life online through a blog.  She looks back to reflect over all she has learned, and share insights to the way the Internet works.  What is shared online is similar to a scrapbook, only it effects everyone we interact with-from friends to businesses and even other blogs. The truth becomes that you don't need to put every aspect of your life online.  Grace found 5 rules to help with living your life online:

 

 

 

1. Don’t Share What You’re Not Ready to Hear Feedback On

2. You Can Always Add, But You Can Never Subtract

3. You’re The Only Person Responsible for Your Image

4. You Get Back What You Put Out

5. Live for the moment, not the (online) end result

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We live during a day and age when people turn to social media to vent and put down others.  Scrolling through comments on popular Tweets and well known blogs, you are bound to find negative feedback.  It seems that people who choose a lifestyle firmly rooted with the Internet receive a bad stigma.  Namely, we see the Internet as a place of deception and increasing harm.  But it is still possible to integrate social media into your life and not lose sight of reality.  This article recaps some of the early mistakes this blogger made, and how the Internet initially even harmed her life.  The Internet is as much a source of good as it is bad, though, and there are ways to ensure benefits from its use.  A little caution can go a long way in living a digital life.

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“LOOKING GLASS SELF” AND DISEMBODIMENT IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT: EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE TURKISH CYPRIOT FACEBOOK USERS …

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This paper was written for a conference in Istanbul, but is relevant to all cultures.  Social media not only allows for instant communication and a wider reach, but it also influences social identity construction.  There is an in depth explanation of how people self identify within the social constrictions and environment in which they reside.  However, researchers found that in Facebook users over 27 years old, societal perceptions played an important part in their Facebook use and self-identifying.  In younger people, environmental factors and judgements were more important.  Over all, social media made people want to seems more socially acceptable, but felt less judged online than in real life.

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This literature surprised me.  I always assume that people turn to online profiles so they can create an idealized version of themselves.  However, this article suggested that while people do try to eliminate flaws on media like Facebook, they also use the site because there is less judgement.  I suppose in real life, people may feel judged for liking certain things or being outspoken.  On Facebook, you would not feel chastised or judged unless someone went out of their way to call you out.  Social perceptions sculpt how we act on a daily basis.  When someone feels they cannot act freely in real life, they turn to the Internet to live as they please.

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How real a risk is social media addiction?

How real a risk is social media addiction? | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Relating to the article posted by Jason Thibeault, this post discusses the possibility of social media addiction as a clinical disorder.  Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) can cause neurological complications, psychological disturbances, and social problems.  Addiction can fall into two categories: an ever increasing need to engage with the object of the addiction, and a bad feeling when not getting enough of it.  In fact, Internet addiction often coexists with depression, anxiety and even drug or alcohol addiction.  Getting "likes" or "follows" on social media can stimulate reward centers in the brain.  Due to this, many people who focus on the Internet and have an addiction to social media need help to recover.  While there are potential treatments for IAD, there is no certain therapy found to completely resolve the problem.

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While Internet Addiction Disorder is not officially recognized in the bible of psychological diseases, it is still ever apparent in society.  Unfortunately, this form of addiction seems like a joke to most and is not taken seriously.  We don't notice the number of times we click on Apps on our phones, or refresh news feeds.  What we think is just a few moments connected online is actually hours each day.   What social media addicts really need is treatment and help, for quitting cold turkey is not an easy option to them.  Some users are integrated into this online world so fully that there is no longer a distinguishing line between real and virtual worlds.

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Social Media Addiction

Social Media Addiction | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it
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This shows the statistics behind how often people allow themselves to be interrupted by social media and technology.  People under 25 years of age are more likely to be interrupted.

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Why social media is leading to a new era of identity

Why social media is leading to a new era of identity | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Social media allows the individual to map out their lives for the world to see, or create an entirely new and different identity. This generation is growing up with an increasingly fragile sense of self.  This leads to their desire to create false identities, and create a version of themselves that is not necessarily based upon truth.   People no longer need to keep the identity that has followed them around, but rather solidify any image we want in the eye of the public.

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 People want to have friend and some aspect of a social life.  Social media and sites like Facebook make it entirely possible to create a "flawless" and unique identity created in their mind.  You can choose to portray yourself as accurately or contrarily as you please.  Social media allows the individual to live a life online, unlike any life they do or could hold in real life.  This article reflects upon how this concept of creating an identity related back to George Orwell' s 1984.  The electrification of an identity essentially makes it more vulnerable.  In saying this, it shows how human identity can be erased or changed any time.  Once a digital identity is created, any aspect of the person's identity (real or digital) can be deleted.

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What Each State Googles More Than The Others

What Each State Googles More Than The Others | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting graphic showing what each state Googles more than all the others.  This shows that people turn to the Internet to find out about nearly everything, and that if you question it, you can find it online.

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Avatar, shmavatar: Online profile pics really do matter

Avatar, shmavatar: Online profile pics really do matter | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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For people trying to create online identities, profile pictures are more important than you may think.  Important networking as well as socializing take place on social media, and you could encounter a new employer or new friends on these sites.  Your profile picture can convey a sense of identity.  So how can you have a better picture?  Use natural light and an interesting setting, most importantly, think about who you are trying to meet.  Just remember, use caution when posting things online.

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As I recently learned in Dr. Rintamaki's Sexual Communications course, online profiles with a profile picture get 7 times as many views.  In fact, attractive photos make the overall profile seem more attractive.  The halo effect occurs, or in other words someone who looks good also seems to be good.  Having  a good profile picture can be the way to draw people in to like you more and give you the time of day.  

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How to Fake Your Identity Online

How to Fake Your Identity Online | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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How do you create a fake identity online?  Well first you would need to create the profile of exactly who you want to be, like your name and age.  Next, list every detail you can think of to go along with the identity.  Make sure to store all this information somewhere so you can look back to it later.  After, create your first profile using only this new identity.  Avoid sounding like your real self, or making mistakes you would have made before.  Stay consistent with the information you give out, and come up with good excuses for why you can't send new pictures.

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They say you can Google anything and find an answer.  Well, it's true.  There is a step by step guide for how to create a fake profile and identity.  Are people fading away from honesty?  What is so wrong with just being yourself?  Growing up, I was encouraged to play outside with friends, and the most imaginative we got was pretending to be princesses for an hour. Now, there are people with multiple fake Facebook accounts, leading on dozens of other people.  It seems that the age of honestly and individuality are fading, and instead being replaced with the idea that everyone must be perfect or idealized.

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Kate Isabelle Fincher's curator insight, December 28, 2014 12:58 AM

3# this was great in deconstructing an online identity and analyzing the thought that goes into creating one from an almost joke like angle

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How I created a new digital identity—and you can too

How I created a new digital identity—and you can too | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Everyone is capable of wearing a mask online, and creating a new identity for themselves.  You will need a completely new and clean computer, but thats not hard when you look in the Deep Web (using Tor, an anonymous browser).  You will also need to refrain from using your real identity and traceable currency.  You need to have the vendor drop off the computer at a Dead Drop location, or someone abandoned they can hide the computer for you to pick up later.  Using anonymity software, you will build a new identity, doing everything from falsifying records, creating a new writing style, and even using Bitcoin or cash for all transactions.

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Does the fact this article exists scare anyone else?  One simple search, and I have found a detailed set of instructions for how to build an entirely new identity.  This take Internet catfishing to a whole new level.  It is interesting how the internet currency of Bitcoin is recommended in this article.  Cash is usually thought of as a trail free source, but Bitcoin can be purchased and used anonymously.  When someone wants to create an online identity, clearly it is possible.  What's even more frightening is that with such an ease of creation, anyone you meet online could potentially be fake.

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Henry's Story - Creating Online Identities - YouTube

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Some turn to the Internet because they feel isolated in their normal lives.  This young boy discusses why he uses forums, and states that the Internet allows him to be respected despite his age.  He says that he doesn't feel the need to prove himself when he is online, and that he can carry himself any way he wants.  He will use more sophisticated language and insight so that his age is not apparent.  In daily life, some people feel incredibly judged.  It is so harsh that they can't feel comfortable being themselves.  Due to this, some turn to online interaction as a way to be accepted.

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The World's Internet Addiction in 2 Charts - Nextgov

The World's Internet Addiction in 2 Charts - Nextgov | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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In a survey, Brazil came in the lead for the country with the most Internet use.  51% of Brazilians said they were online all day, with 71% saying they were online at least once an hour.

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The time has arrived.  People live their lives digitally.  This survey is just one area of proof that internet usage has skyrocketed, and people depend upon it each day.  Our mobile phones make constant internet access a possibility, while before you needed access to a computer. It would seem everywhere we turn there are opportunities to engage in social media, from Ads to like pages and receive store discounts, to celebrity gossip advertised on Facebook, and even ads on Google which then redirect us to a Twitter or YouTube page.  Social Media is here to stay, and it has only just started to stain our lives.

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Stop Documenting Your Life And Start Living It

Stop Documenting Your Life And Start Living It | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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"Social media is similar to alcohol; so long as it’s used in moderation then it’s okay… unfortunately, just like with alcohol, millions of people have abused it to the point where they are living virtual realities."

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People are so enthralled and absorbed into social media, that don't fully understand "living life to the fullest" anymore.  While many of us focus on documenting our (dare I say boring and average?) lives, we look over many of the repercussions our actions have.  The people around us feel left out and unimportant when we focus solely on social media and technology.  Posting that duck-face selfie while holding up a can of beer may seem cool, but don't forget your future employers and educational institutions could find it.  Posting incriminating photos can lead to you not getting hired or accepted, or even lead to you getting fired.  If you insist upon spending time documenting all that you do on social media, think through your actions first, because you can't take back what's already posted to the Internet.

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The asocial side of social media: TED Book author Damon Brown on our “virtual shadows”

The asocial side of social media: TED Book author Damon Brown on our “virtual shadows” | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Damon Brown states that we should be focused on technology integration, not subservience.  At this time, technology is progressing faster than ever, but technology as a whole is a problem we have all encountered for years.  Trying to capture a moment to share on social media actually takes away from the experience.  It is important to live in the moment and enjoy it, even if you wish to capture it for later.  Also, you simply cannot represent a person completely using just a social media page.  Instead, you can create the "truth" on your profile, but it will never amount to all that you are.  The Internet and social media do a lot of good, but it is important to ask yourself "Is this affecting my quality of life?"

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Living your life vicariously online may cause you to miss out on the important things going on around you.  As with someone who spends too much time on the Basket Ball courts, or a professional too consumed by work, over-usage of social media can affect your quality of life.  The internet provides so many amazing opportunities, like high speed connectivity,  ways to connect people who geographically are not close together, and provide information at our fingertips.  However, if we let social media and Internet use take over all aspects of our lives, we will miss out on some of the best moments.  It becomes crucial that we learn to integrate social media, not have it take over.

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7 Surefire Signs Your New Facebook Friend Is A Fake - AllFacebook

7 Surefire Signs Your New Facebook Friend Is A Fake - AllFacebook | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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How are you supposed to know if the person you have befriended is real or fake?  There are 7 signs to help in distinguishing deception.

 

1. The User is a Hot Girl : The truth is, extremely attractive woman do not regularly go around adding strangers.

2. Image Shows a Celebrity:  A real person would have a picture of themselves.

3. All of Their Friends are One Gender: A real person will most likely have equal proportions of male and female friends.

4. A Bare Minimum Profile: There will be the minimum, most essential information only included in a fake profile.  

5. They're a Normal Person:  If the profile screams fun-loving, free-spirited guy/girl next door, they may be a fake

6. Identical Status Updates to Other Users: Spammers will copy the same status to multiple fake accounts.

7. One Profile Photo: One of the biggest giveaways.  

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It is now a time in society where people actually have reason to believe the people they interact with each day may not be real.  In the online world, the owner of a profile can easily conceal their real identity and pretend to be someone else.  People need to be cautious when interacting with others online.  These are just a few steps one can take to ensure they interact with real people, and that they are not deceived.  If people are not cautious about their online interactions, it can lead to psychological harm.  The deception one feels when learning a relationship/friendship was falsified is detrimental, and it can leads to many other problems such as depression and anxiety. 

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Social Media, Socially Crippling - Are you Obsessed with Social Media? - TechAddiction

Social Media, Socially Crippling - Are you Obsessed with Social Media? - TechAddiction | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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When you become obsessed with social media, you begin to lose touch with the real world.  Constant online activity turns people into antisocial beings.  When you cease to spend time with real people, not only do your relationships get affected, but you also become obsessed with the virtual world.  The longer one stares at a computer screen, the unhealthier one becomes.  Social media is a powerful tool and, to avoid addiction, it is important to use it responsibly.  

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This article is a warning to use social media with caution.  It seems sad to have approached a period in time where we need to be warned about our usage of online content.  However, we hear all too often about people becoming carried away with sites like Facebook and Twitter to a point where they falsify their identities.  It seems that the thoughts of Charles Cooley, a sociologist I learned about in sociology, are true.  The "looking glass self" is a theory that a person's self grows out of their social interactions with others.  In the case of online social media, people become one with the identity they create and can sometimes lose sight of their physical self.

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Why I Just Quit Facebook

Why I Just Quit Facebook | Living Life Through A Digital Identity | Scoop.it

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Digital updates filled Thibeault's news feed and slowly became an addiction.  Facebook became a constant interruption pulling him away from other aspects of life.  So the day cam when he quit; he deleted the app, deactivated his account, and cut off all connections cold turkey.  Jason came to the conclusion that we use Facebook because we want to be the center of attention.  People become so entranced on being liked and being noticed, that they become addicted to social media.  His advice?   Reduce the size of your network, set boundaries for the amount of time you spend on social media, and keep yourself logged out so you can't keep refreshing that newsfeed.

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Jason Thibeault quit Facebook.  He was a real man, fairly similar to you and I, who came to realize that Facebook was taking over his life.  As Thibeault explained, we are narcissist by nature and we want to be the center of attention.  Unfortunately, we allow this to go to our heads, and end up dedicating seconds, hours, minutes and days to perfecting our digital identities.  You may need a cigarette or a drink, or you may need to check your Facebook.  It is all the same, integrated into your daily routine and becoming a norm.  You come to live life virtually.

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Checking Facebook and Twitter at Night

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This image shows that nearly 50% of users check social media at night, when they could be sleeping.

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