Social media and Narcissim: does sharing visual cotent on social media enhance narcissim?

By Ophelie Caveng 

The use of social media has increasingly taken a big place in our everyday routine.  68% of American use Facebook and 35% use Instagram where at least half of users visit these platforms on a daily basis according to the Pew research. According to another study 95 million pictures are shared on Instagram per day and 300 million on Facebook. Considering those numbers, it can no longer be denied that a shift in society has occurred concerning visual content sharing. However, it is important to point out that the rise of content sharing on social media has also offered several possibilities for people to expose their self to other. This tendency could have led to a narcissist tendency which raises the question: In what way sharing visual content on social media may lead to the enhancement of narcissism? Continue reading

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Where is the line between Marketing and Manipulation?

By Carolin Hunkemöller

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Technological advancements in recent years have given rise to more sophisticated forms of consumer analytics. In the 2016 US election campaign, UK company Cambridge Analytica was hired to support the marketing efforts of Trump’s election campaign by generating personalised advertisements based on the personality and political tendencies of individuals portrayed through their Facebook profiles in order to reassure Republicans and persuade undecided voters to vote for Trump.

Today marketing is much more a system of personal and individualised messages targeted at the individual consumer rather than the general release of messages to a heterogenous audience. However, as organisations possess more and more data about their customers and use this data in order to optimise their marketing efforts, where is the line between marketing and manipulation?

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Technology And Its Impact in Long-distance Relationships

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By Raissa Baggio Freire

Long-distance relationship is when people chose to continue in a relationship even being far away from the partner, being so because of work, studies, or whatever reason. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find people in a long-distance relationship; an estimated 75% of college students have engaged in a long-distance relationship during a period of their life, and 3 million adults in America live far from each other.

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How anonymity deteriorates social media posts

By Claudia Besser and Niels Niemann

Social media is all about sharing personal content with other people. But how do posts change when platforms enable users to publish them anonymously? The app Jodel is exactly based on that idea. Users can write short posts without their name appearing. In cities with a university, like St. Gallen, the app is mostly used by students. Although being very popular for a while, Jodel lost a big part of its community. This might be a consequence of the misbehavior of some users.

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