The Impact of the Use of Digital Media in Social Life
This session aims to provide a forum of discussions about the consequences of the growing use of the Internet in everyday life. In this new social scenario arise new forms of socialization, personal interactions, political organization, among other deep changes. Research about the uses of digital media can also contribute to reevaluate old theoretical frameworks that now present their limits.
The session welcomes a wide range of researches like those that question among several other subjects:
- the distinction public-private in an online/offline continuum;
- how technology changes people’s subjectivities;
- how the use of the Internet promotes new kinds of affiliation and communities based on an increased segmentation of interests;
- what these changes create in terms of political expression and reorganization of social movements;
- how the search for love and/or sexual partners through the use of websites and apps change intimacy and current visions about love and commitment.
The uses of digital media brought new themes for social research, the rediscussion of theoretical and conceptual frameworks and, last but not at least, the need to reflect upon the new methodological challenges and the ethical aspects concerning them.