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Who We Are On the Web

This week, Ball Bearings explores online personas, why we create them, and how they evolve over time. 

“The Mask We Hide Behind,a letter from Editor-in-Chief, Alex Kincaid

This week Ball Bearings takes a look at the psychology behind what we post and how social dynamics have shifted with technological innovations.

“The Psychology of Posting,” by Merritt McLaughlin

People often share aspects of their lives online, allowing them to connect to their followers through likes and comments.

“Virtual Support,” by Michele Whitehair  

Social media creates a new kind of community, allowing individuals to connect with like-minded people and share their thoughts or feelings with others.

“Self-worth by the Numbers,” by Jackie Miller

Social media can influence our lives in positive ways, but it can also affect the way we see ourselves—for better or worse.

“Nameless and Shameless,” by Emily Sabens

Nearly 40 percent of internet users have experienced online harassment in some way. Half of those didn’t know the true identity of the perpetrator.

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