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Research on "Identity"

"Identity" is an ambiguous term that comes from the Latin word, Idem, which means "the same (1, Buckingham)." What identity means to each individual varies based on our thoughts and life experiences. As time progresses, we find the human race having more and more difficulty defining identity.

Identity can be used to describe people as being both different and the same. Each individual resonates with their own personal and individual identity, and then populations of humans also resonate with and describe themselves by an imposed identity such as a specific culture or race.

It is not uncommon for humans to struggle with their identities and who they believe their "truest selves" to be. We have the tendency or desire to be unique in our individuality, yet to also identify with social groups or personality traits.

In today's world, the human race struggles with the ideals of identity more than ever before. Experts believe this to be due to globalization, the decline of the welfare state, increasing social mobility, greater flexibility, and insecurity in personal relationships. As the human race progresses and the world continuously develops, we are met with a world of new opportunities.

Whereas in previous eras people typically assumed and abided by gender roles and roles within the family, society is now much more understanding and accepting. People are presented with opportunities to embark on new journeys near and far within all aspects of life.

With the expansion of new opportunities, the human race has found itself feeling more lost than ever concerning identities. We have more variety to choose from concerning areas such as where to live, what job we work, how we dress, how we behave, and even whom we date.

A major identity crisis in current times concerns people's sexual orientations as many adolescents find themselves struggling to discover exactly what their sexual orientation is.

The struggle for youths to find and assume their personal identities is an age-old concern as they go through multiple puberty stages and essential chemical imbalances that come with puberty alongside navigating life. As youth move through the stages of life, they often find confusion in their roles and their place. It is important for people to find their way during youth to adapt to adult life appropriately.

In the adolescent stages, people must separate themselves from their families and begin to identify with other social groups. Finding one's identity in these stages can seem psychological to some degree and yet it is also assumed through the environment.

It is not uncommon for adults to reach stages of identity crisis throughout life. People wake up one day and decide that they want different or what they feel is better. Many adults will decide to assume a new identity when they are ready to do so.

Generally speaking, the subject of identity does not become an issue until it is threatened (1). We are still navigating how we believe is the best way to portray our digital identities professionally and personally (3, Ducharme).

People lean towards trusting the digital realm and while it is good to feel safe, we need also to be aware. Our devices have become so ingrained in our daily lives that they represent us, or at least parts of us with whom we identify as.

The human race has invented and implemented new technologies which allow us to tap out of that specific task and tap more into what we would rather be doing. These technologies include self-driving cars and smart devices.

While all of these new technologies are cool and fun, it is important to stay connected to the process and what we are doing and not rely fully on technology to do all the work for us as technology fails.

We also risk the chase of hackers getting into our data. We must remain aware of the risks of identity theft (3, "6 Common Habits.."). Six common habits we have that promote identity theft is using the same simple password for all sites, avoiding checking bank statements, oversharing on social media, sending sensitive information via email, updating apps rarely, and giving away too much information in public.

Data mining happens through app tracking and can also happen by your phone picking up what you say and do.

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