The prevalence of social networks is changing our view of who we are and our place in the world.
According to a new report, in the future the traditional concept of identity will be less meaningful. These days people are spending more and more time on the Internet, whether it be connecting with others over Facebook, writing in a blog or playing on-line games. Conventional views of one's identity and place in society such as religion, ethnicity, job and age are instead being replaced with on-line interactions.
"The internet can allow many people to realise their identities more fully," the study reads. "Some people who have been shy or lonely or feel less attractive discover they can socialise more successfully and express themselves more freely on-line."
"Social networks such as Facebook and on-line gaming are changing people's view of who they are and their place in the world, according to a report for the government's chief scientist."
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