Digital Cultures


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionExploring selfiesGender stereotypes: “feminine” women and “macho” menSelfies and personality types: Allegations of narcissism#Killfie: Death by selfieAppearance comparisons: Mood and body image issuesAlternative perspectives: Why discipline young women for taking selfies?Alternative selfiesDomestic violence survivor selfie: Taking a standRape survivor selfies: Project UnbreakableIllness selfie: Spreading awarenessArmpit hair selfie: Redefining feminine beautyNude selfie: Look at my bodySelfies: A different visual languageReferences“Send me a sexy picture”Tinder and “hook ups”: Your place, mine, or somewhere elseSexting: Nudes, semi-nudes, and other picturesWhy do people sext?Sexting experiences vary’ with genderContextualizing sexting practices:Sex education at school can help adolescents copeInternet infidelity: Secrets of happy and unhappy couplesIncreasing use of extramarital apps: Just shake the device when your spouse looks your wayInside an online chatroom: How can it be cheating if I don’t touch my virtual partner?No-risk relationships: Intimacy with robots and sex dollsWhy do people cheat?Conclusion: The future of emotional intimacy and romantic commitmentReferencesSelf-tracking one’s way to wellnessThe expert patient: Proactive, responsible, and “digitally engaged”Seeking health information online: Googling before and after meeting doctorsUsing self-tracking apps: Tracking health, sex, pregnancy, parenting, and moreTracking health, fitness, and chronic illnessesTracking sex and reproductive activityTracking pregnancy and mothering activitiesQuantified Self: Quantifying moods, illness, and healthPrivacy risks and other debates on apps and wearablesJoining online health communities: Finding information and supportDifferent online health communities meet different needsDifferent personas in online health communitiesOnline health communities develop on social media pages of doctorsSome online communities operate outside and in opposition to medical scienceMedical degrees versus Google searches: Doctors’ responses to emerging digital healthcare practicesCritical implications: Interrogating narratives of “empowerment”ConclusionReferencesBecoming Internet famousTraditional celebrities versus microcelebrities:Choreographing “ordinariness”Zoella: Connecting with millions with beauty and lifestyle videosPewDiePie: Having “fun” at the very edgeBecoming Internet infamous: Lies, lifestyle, and the wellness loreInternet celebrities in India: YouTube and TikTok fight it outCarryMinati: Desi roasts, diss tracks, and skitsMastnamma, Grandpa Kitchen, and Nisha Madhulika:Cooking one’s way into every viewer’s heartAll India Bakchod: When YouTube glory fades awayConclusionReferencesDigital activismHashtag activismMemesVideo activism: Short clips strive for social changeDefining features of digital activismDigital activism facilitates interlinkages between local and global events and narrativesDigital activism can make the socially stigmatized visible and acceptable in the public domain:Digital activism requires sustained effort by multiple stakeholders to bring about policy’ changeLimits of digital activismMay reinforce regressive and deeply conservative voicesMay promote laziness and “slacktivism ”ConclusionReferences“Digital Detox”What is digital detox?Searching for authenticity, focus, and meaningInside a digital detox retreatIndividual efforts at digital detoxLegislation on the right to disconnectThe way forwardReferencesConclusion