In a world where we are now able to access almost everything we want and need online, what are the implications for our relationship with technology and the way we interact with it?
For example, what do we think social media is capable of as a platform of expression, social interaction, and discovery?
Are we going to be able to connect with each other, share our love of art, and enjoy a sense of belonging?
Will social media platforms allow us to connect to people we otherwise wouldn’t know in real life, or will they be a place where we can be seen only through our social media accounts?
These are the questions posed in a new social media research project, “Social Cbd: A Social Comparison Theory of Technology and Creativity.”
The study, which was conducted by the University of Cambridge, explores social media’s potential to serve as a catalyst for change in the digital realm.
The project aims to answer the following questions:What do you think about social networks and how they might help change the way the world interacts with technology?
How will social media affect the way creativity is experienced and transmitted?
What can we learn from the ways in which we use technology to express ourselves?
What is the role of social media as a medium for new forms of communication, such as collaborative writing and creative writing?
In a statement released Tuesday, the Cambridge team said, “It is clear that the internet is a powerful tool, enabling us to engage with others and communicate with each others.
However, there is much to be done in order to ensure that the technology that enables this interaction is more than a tool for the sake of making friends.
Social media is a platform that enables a wide range of social interactions, and this new study is an opportunity to examine what it means to be connected through social media.”
This article has been updated to include comments from the Cambridge University project.