Relationship between timers and student performance on online exams; Effects edited post have on self-perception

Solarin, Oluwatobi, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Rogers, Hannah, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Basit, Nada, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

The activities we engage in our everyday lives affect us in ways we have not begun to understand. This STS paper explores the consequences posting manipulated photos has on our psyche. I chose this topic because, with the increased presence of social media in our lives, it is important to understand the ways we are stimulated when posting altered photos and the effects it has on our stream of consciousness. In a world where we can never observe our looks directly but only through captured reflections, we must know how our brain is rewired when constantly looking at an altered version of ourselves. The analysis for this paper was conducted by researching three main topic areas: the effects of editing photos, the consequences that stem from posting altered photos, and the effects of constantly viewing manipulated photos of others. My findings indicated that there exists a trend between posting edited photos and mental health issues. These findings show how much social media and photo-taking (or editing) can impact our brains. My hope is that this STS paper will shed light on the effects of new trends our generation partakes in so that we will be equipped with the knowledge to make better decisions. And while these findings may not be enough to scare users, it could lead to further research to figure out ways to mitigate these effects; social media is here to stay therefore it is important to figure out ways to use it responsibly and take care of our minds in the process.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
social media, perception

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Nada Basit
STS Advisor: Hannah Rogers
Technical Team Members: Campbell Brothers

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