Online communities are of great interest to me because I like contemplating how it is that we find ourselves alone but together at the same time. As online networks grow and are traded in for real relationships, we still manage to feel as though we are apart of something even if it only exists in a digital world. Since coming abroad I have felt extra passionate about people who are constantly on their devices, posting and commenting, not realizing the damage happening to their physically relevant relationships. I understand keeping in contact with loved ones is important while far from home however I see a huge issue in sitting on the phone to stay connected to them while out for food or drinks with a group of new people, actually experiencing a similar world to the one you are. I appreciate many of the points brought to our attention during the lecture on “The Networked Self and Idea of Community” such as the concept of disembodiment meaning that going online means leaving our bodies behind. It offers the ability to create a sense of self through textual performance. I also like the idea of people presenting and negotiating their identity due to the ability to constantly self reflect and record ones life. I see the pros and cons to this idea. I think self-reflection is important and necessary to human development however I think social media has given us the power to become obsessive compulsive about how we used to be or who we need to become.