COMPETITION AND INFORMATION DECEPTION IN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS


The rise of the use of social media over the past few years has without doubt led to a revolution in how people prioritize how good they look or how people perceive them to be. In this paper, E. Mitchel et al studies the the role of competition in determining intentions toward personal information deception among social network users. 

When the author gave an example of 50 cent, I felt the connection made due to the fact that most rappers talk about money they do not have. For instance, artists Bun B and T-Pain claim to be self-made trillionaires (Bun B – Trillionaire, 2009) while according fo Forbes, there have not been a trillionaire, at least not yet.. This is mainly due to the fact that, as the paper puts it, there is a competitive norm in the media which explains why artists try to outshine others. A clear example of is when Kendrick Lamar, an American artist, claimed to be the Greatest rapper of all time  due to the fact that there is no point of being an artist if you are not trying to be the best among the rest (Kendrick, 2019).

The rise in the use of social media have made people even more competitive in trying to prove that they are having a better life or enjoying more than others. From my personal experience, when i went to a Jay z and Beyonce concert at BC place, Vancouver in 2018, i noticed the fact that instead of just ignoring my phone and having a great time at the concert, i was busy trying to take a video of every thing that was happening. it was later on that i thought of why i was filming it that i realized i had that urge to post more about the concert just to show off the fact that am having a great time, when realistically I was actually stressed from the unfinished classwork i had. The rise of social media has raised the standard of expectations of how life should be.

This paper makes me remember about Garcia et al’s paper due to the fact that they both have a connection in the idea about how competition is. On social media, people usually compare themselves to people who are somewhat connected to them. For example, I am more competitive to my classmates or peers on social media other than other age groups. this concept was talked of in Garcia’s paper.

Despite the fact that social media has made communication easy than before, according to this research, it has also brought with how people identify themselves honestly. It, without doubt, leads to misplaced priority as it leads to people wanting to impress others on social media instead of doing the right thing like getting a job or something. There is a need for people to understand the impact of social media on their feelings and priorities so that they do not fall into the trap of wanting to loom better than others, a trap I have been a victim of.

5 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I find this review ti take an interesting outlook on how music relates to competition. Also, we know that competition is correlated to similarity between actors. This may describe competitive attitudes towards others on social media. Do you think that these effects can be mitigated if there is less time spent on social media among individuals? Or would you think that competition would present itself elsewhere?

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  2. Hi Adam,
    I personally feel like the effect of competition would definitely be mitigated with the a less presence on social media.
    Social media creates a motive to look better among people with a big extent. I don’t think people were as competitive as they are now a hundred years ago before social media began.

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