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The sociology of the internet is a subfield of sociology where researchers focus on how the internet plays a role in facilitating communication and interaction and how it affects and is affected by social life.
In the late 1990s, the sudden widespread adoption of the internet in the US and other Western nations drew the attention of sociologists. Internet technology allowed for new forms of communication and information and new ways of spreading it. Sociologists wanted to understand how these would impact people's lives, the cultural patterns, social trends and larger social structure.
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Paul DiMaggio and colleagues wrote the earliest sociological essay about this subfield, titled " Social Implications of the Internet."
It outlined the concerns within the internet, such as:
Since 2012, a handful of sociologists have focused on defining the subfield of digital sociology. The subfield became formalised in the UK when the British Sociological Association members created a new study group designed to develop a set of best practices for digital sociology.
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The roles of internet communication technologies (ICTs) have evolved in our lives, their impacts on social relations and society overall. So, too, the sociological approach to studying them has evolved.
Digital sociology now considers the variety of ICT devices we use in our lives, how we u...
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Digital sociology offers a way of addressing the changing relationships we have in digital societies.
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Social media is the layer on top of the internet, they are the new mediums, and they're also the portals for where we can create.
Any content or story we put out there will work as long as you put it in context. You'll still be the same person but the room quite often changes and how you t...
Just as how art of the past is looked and studied in order to understand the associated historical eras, this current internet age will almost certainly be studied and understood through websites, social media, youtube and memes.
What are now mostly seen as foolish jokes, videos, character...
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