Role Of Media In Social Media

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Roles of Social Media in Identity Formation
Identity formation varies from one individual to the other; people of the same culture can also have different personalities because of the diverse things they have allowed to influence the formation of their the World today social media, television, music and movies are playing much role in formation of identity. Across the world billions of people listen to music and uses the social media and it is very surprising the rate at which these mediums influence people and their diverse beliefs. It is often suggested that media has potentially profound effects on the social identity formation of people. However, understanding how media outlets affect the identity of humans takes understanding what "identity" entails.
To begin with, we technically are not born with identity because it is a socially constructed attribute. The self-concept, which is the knowledge of who we are, combines with self-awareness to develop a cognitive representation of the self, called identity (Aronson, Wilson, & Akert, 2010, p.118). We can then say that who we are is controlled by internal and external factors that combine to make us who we become. Add in new media outlets, such as the internet, and media is now considered an "extension of everyday life and a tool of cultural change" (Singh, 2010). Thus, identity formation, as a social concept, is being transformed in new and even more global ways.
How then can we say the transformation of
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