What is Digital Sociology?

Digital sociology uses technology as both a tool and a lens for studying the networked society through a sociological lens. The networked society (us) or the networked individual (me, you) exists because of our increasing interdependence on technology. Digital technologies like smart watches, iPhones and websites like Facebook and Instagram are no longer a destination, but an extension of ourselves- or at least the online self we create. As a tool digital sociology leverages the internet to do sociology, for society- allowing sociologists to utilize the internet as a source for data collection and a space for social projects. As a lens we can study the systemic inequalities that are embedded into these technologies or are mediated through the users interacting in these spaces.

 

2 comments

  1. The very last sentence is gold! It’s exactly what I admire about Digital Sociology, it’s looking at problems in a new way which can create new theories, frameworks, perspectives, etc. on certain issues

  2. Yes! “Digital technologies like smart watches, iPhones and websites like Facebook and Instagram are no longer a destination, but an extension of ourselves- or at least the online self we create.” This is so on point. We can see the transformation point of these technologies as simple tools to social institutions that have consequences in other areas in our lives. It is exciting to be doing digital sociology in this moment as we are in the earliest stages of the digital age.

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