Social Media, the Ego, and the Self | Chinwag – connecting digital people

This is the type of thing I think about whenever I’m scanning my Twitter stream or reading my Facebook news feed. This quote in particular is something I’ve always wondered ever since I started working in social media: 

“is the development of “Web 2.0” is changing us in some way, or is it simply a technological development in which the same old psychological traits express themselves differently?”

Personally I think it’s changing people. A prime example being when one of my friends came to visit me last year and rather than catching up with me and my other friend, she spent most of the night glued to her phone. I said: “this would never have happened in the 90s, I would have had your full attention!” I don’t think she heard me.

So yes, it’s changing people. Either that or I bore my friends. 

Social Media, the Ego, and the Self | Chinwag – connecting digital people

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About Karen Patel

PhD candidate in social media and cultural work at Birmingham City University.

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