We’ve been going through a social media revolution for many years now and I see no stop coming anytime soon. With the rise of the internet came the ability to connect with anyone around the world also with internet access and share ideas or facts. Social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube are some of the most well-known and have allowed for millions upon millions of people to interact with each other in numerous different ways. However, because social media is still so new and constantly evolving, it still under study about its effects and uses. Many…


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Ever since technology was created, the need for digital literacy has increased because it is the deeper questions that need to be asked about technology. Questions like who would find it useful to use a specific piece of technology, why would they use it, and when would it be appropriate for them to use it are part of the questions digital literacy is supposed to be about. It is what brings up some of the concepts that Rheingold talks about in his book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. …


Over the course of the past few months with the rise of COVID, a reliance on technology has become even more noticeable for everyone, including me. While some daily occurrences require technology, like attending classes or doing homework, there are also plenty of other times where something I do is not necessary for me to do while using technology but I still do anyway. Scrolling endlessly on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are some of my personal habits on technology that I am not required to do daily. I’ll find myself pulled down the rabbit hole of social media daily, sometimes…


Technological advancements have opened so many opportunities for the world to take and when it comes to our reality, technology has advanced how far we are able to reach. With creations like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), we are able to add onto our own world or even escape to worlds that are nothing like the world we live in.

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Over the years, especially recent years, the popularity of online gaming has skyrocketed. As game quality and variety of gaming increases, more people begin to pick up their own choices for video games to play. There are games like Animal Crossing where you can interact in your own world with in-game characters and build up your own little town on your island however you like. There are also games like Fortnite if you want more of an action game where you can play battle royales against anyone in the world who is also playing the game in a third-person shooter…


Trolling has existed for a very long time in the world as a deliberate attempt to get a certain reaction out of someone by doing or saying something, and the internet has only give trolling the ability to be even more widespread. As the internet and especially social media have grown over the years since their creations, trolling has grown in abundance as more users join the platforms and start to make their own posts online. I’ve learned how many people have different views of what constitutes “trolling” when they are looking at replies certain users make on other’s posts…


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Over the past year, a lot of things in the world have changed due to the global pandemic that has forced many places into lockdown for extended periods of time. Because of that, things like attending school or work and maintaining or making relationships with people have become extremely internet-based. With whole countries going into quarantine and requiring people to stay in their houses to limit their risk of exposure to COVID, internet usage shot up in many ways for both entertainment and everyday activities like attending classes or work. Due to only being able to interact on the internet…


Digital activism has risen with the increased use of the internet and social media. It is when social media or the internet are used as tools to bring about social or political change. It has been seen the most on Twitter with hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and #ALSIceBucketChallenge as a few examples which are known as hashtag activism. With the capabilities of the internet to be accessed by almost anyone, digital activism is an important method in educating people about topics as well as allowing them to spread the word themselves as well.

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However, on the internet, there are always…


Digital privacy has always been a popular topic on the internet with so many “horror” stories of data breaches or companies taking advantage of their user’s private data and selling it to other companies. It’s a double-edged sword for digital privacy because companies will often “tell” users what their data is being used for when they sign up for the site, but often bury it in the terms of service which the majority of people notoriously skip. …


As the internet grew and expanded as time went by, the ability to learn more on the internet grew as well, and with that growth in information, people began to change. People were able to learn even more things in shorter time periods and it allowed them to grow as individuals. Concepts people may not have known about previously were being introduced to them and it made people begin to question their identities. That then lead to the idea of digital identities where people had the capability to explore who they wanted to be on their own terms anonymously. …

Briana Herzog

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