Research Topics

Writing a research paper has never been an enjoyable experience for me, but I’m hoping this one will prove me wrong. Digital identity is something I’ve come to think about and discuss more and more in the past few years. There are so many unanswered questions we still have about the internet and how people construct (and conduct) themselves digitally. After the brainstorming exercise we did in class I have a few topics that I think I’d like to explore.

  1. How speech patterns in real life are effected by online writing

This is something I’m definitely interested in because I see it on a daily basis. Not only do I see others use online communication in their speech, but I have done it before too! The interesting part to me is that I didn’t realize it until I blurted out and online phrase in conversation and people looked at me kind of funny.

  1. People posting or acting in an ugly or not socially acceptable manor online believing that there will be no repercussions in the real world.

At this point in time people who frequent the internet through social media, blogs, or other platforms that are highly public should understand that people will see what you post. Whether it be an employer, family, friend, teammate or others, people can see what you do and if they don’t like it they can most definitely say something or take action in person. I find it interesting that people feel so powerful behind a keyboard.

  1. Youtubers are able to maintain a steady job

This is a very thought-provoking one to me. Personally I enjoy watching YouTube videos and frequently watch certain people. It’s interesting to see these people tell stories, create tutorials, post funny content, and take viewers through their lives daily. How is it that social media allows for such a steady job and income? Is it only when people are highly successful that they have a steady job through this web medium? This is a topic I’m attracted to and would like to learn more about.

  1. How does age of social media stars’ effect real life standards, expectations, and attitudes of viewers?

This is one that I constantly hear people discuss when young starts are brought up or when people discuss the children who are growing up with our modern technology all around them. It would be interesting to interview some younger kids who actively participate in social media to see if and how they think social media effect their lives.

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