Beginning of new journey in a Digital World

We live in a digital world; technologies have influenced every aspect of our daily life. In the current time, social media rules and collaborates with every field including social relationships, economic, government, international affairs and most importantly knowledge (Lupton, D 2014). The increasing demand of digital media has grown since 1997 when the first social media site was introduced. ‘6degrees.com’ was introduced as a space where one could create their identity by using their photos, make networks and send messages within their contacts. Many of us including me rely upon being linked to the internet ‘throughout our waking hours’ (Lupton, D 2015).

Digital devices are expressed as being an addiction that we are hooked on to all the time. Our private and social life now-a-days is developed using social media like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. All our photographs and important events are now easily displayed to our networks around the globe through Instagram and Snapchat (Van Dijck, J, 2013). These examples only display how easy it has become to connect to people around the globe, especially in times of crisis like covid-19. However, internet also has its drawbacks affecting professional and personal life.

Being a student of planning with an architectural background, design and development has always fascinated me. Design plays a major role in my career and my personal life, developing a digital identity is something that I see as a design development. Digital research in the planning sector always meant using google earth, google maps, research papers and studying the density of an area. The increasing demands of augmented reality is spawning in every field in the current era. It is fascinating to see the collaborations of digital world and urban planning on how technologies have overtaken the traditional ways of planning.

Dating apps are the new hype in the 21st century, apps like Tinder and Bumble let you select whom you want to date by swiping left or right (Wainwright, O, 2017). But have you ever thought of Tinder for cities? Ever imagined swiping left or right to help decide how you want your neighbourhood to look? The digital platform ‘CitySwipe’ modelled on a dating platform which caught my eye as it introduced a new perspective of involving communities and councils in the planning of towns. CitySwipe gave options on smartphones to see the streetscape patterns, street furniture, parking, markets and mural for urban revitalization.

City Swipe is one of my first experiences that I have come across while trying to understand the subject of social research . The idea of having a digital identity inspires me to begin my journey of understanding these platforms and relating them with my daily life. This platform is a chance to share my experiences and journey of learning social research in the digital world.

Lupton, D 2015, Digital Sociology, Oxfordshire, England, viewed 1Auagust 2020, <https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uwsau/reader.action?docID=1829360>

Samur, A, 2018, The History of Social media: 29+ Key Moments, Hootsuite, viewed 2 August 2020, <https://blog.hootsuite.com/history-social-media/>

Van Dijck, J, 2013, The culture of connectivity: A critical history of social media, Oxford University Press.

Wainwright, O, 2017, Tinder for cities: how tech is making urban planning more inclusive, The Guardian, viewed 2 August 2020, <https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/24/tinder-cities-technology-making-urban-planning-interactive>