The New Big Brother: How Social Media is Creating an ‘Orwellian’ Society

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Many Facebook users were self-censoring their day-to-day lives

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Social media platforms such as Facebook are having a “chilling effect” on the everyday behavior of young people, who are increasingly altering their actions amid concerns they are under constant surveillance from online friends, researchers have told Sputnik.

Joint research conducted by academics from the University of Edinburgh Business School, the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham have uncovered previously held concerns about how social media is affecting the lives of young, impressionable users.

Following in-depth interviews with a number of 19-22-year-old Britons, the study found that many Facebook users were self-censoring their day-to-day lives, known as a “chilling effect” to avoid disapproval from online friends.

“The vast majority of the ones that participated in the study had been, to an extent, chilling their behavior, due to the fear of what would go online,” Dr Ben Marder, researcher from the University of Edinburgh Business School, told Sputnik.

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