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I used to spend most of my day out and about, occupying myself with fun activities and spending time with friends. In this new world, I find myself trying to replace what brought me joy with alternatives. Unfortunately, most of those alternatives are on the screen. I find myself on my phone more than ever these days, and it doesn’t feel like there are many other options. When so much of my social life exists online, anything extra (those habits from before the pandemic) really add up. I worry about dependency, I think I go to my phone to try…


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Before diving into the specifics of Twitter, I will go over some concepts I spent time exploring this week. I had a base level understanding of trolling and misinformation, especially having some of my formative years during Trump’s presidency. This week, I came to understand that there is debate over the definition of trolling. Some instances of trolling are really just witty humor, while others can be offensive and upsetting. There is more debate than one might expect over the topic, because people worry that imposing restrictions on what people post may limit free speech. On the other hand, leaving…


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There doesn’t seem to major debate (in this weeks readings or in conversation) that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our social lives in a major way. For most of us, the opportunities to see people outside of those we live and work with have been decreased significantly. Even when events are done with social distancing in mind, the work that goes into it has increased. With this, our time on the internet has increased. We are trying to connect to each other in new ways. One major way I have witnessed online connections, socially and academically, is Zoom. This allows…


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Are children safe on the internet we created? What are they really doing in a digital world created by adults and adopted by users of all ages? I interviewed my thirteen-year-old cousin to try and get some insight into these modern questions. My cousin is a teenage boy who has grown up surrounded by older siblings and pretty much unlimited access to technology. I know from growing up around him that he is incredibly bright and affectionate, but I know nothing about how he (or other users his age) are using the internet.

I could tell very early into the…


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Online privacy is important for a lot of reasons, but especially because many of us do not understand how our information is being collected and used. For example, when we share a photo on Instagram, we don’t know if that photo will help construct facial recognition technologies that will help identify us at some point in the future. The Internet Society spoke at length about the fact that not all companies use all the same policies, they are different across different countries, and that the internet is often geared towards profits over safety. All of these issues raise concerns over…


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Online spaces are important for adolescent identity development, and I think the same is true for adults. The article speaks about how intertwined our online and in person lives are, and I think that is why everyone using the internet is heavily impacted by it. Students are using the internet for education, but it is providing a lot more than that. They are also hearing about the world, keeping in touch with friends, understanding their interests, etc. Things that may otherwise have gone unknown lay at their fingertips. Young people are growing up with this technology surrounding them, but even…


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I think I would consider myself a digital native, and I think there is truth in the concept. I don’t think that every person who grew up with technology knows how to use it, and I don’t think that every person who didn’t is behind. The concept of a digital native is a good one, but not necessarily a rule. In truth, I believe that people who grow up with technology have a better chance at learning how to use it effectively, but interest and effort continue to play a role. I feel that I understand technology well, I can…

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