In the last ten years the impact of social media has expanded dramatically. People's identity used to only be affected by face to face interactions; however, now one's identity can be built and shifted through online social interactions and relationships over social media. Fake news causes a shift in identity because of impossible ideals of perfection. Fake news not only dictates what is the ideal image but can create a negative association to those who do not fall into that minesquale category (men and women). These studies show the unlimited communication regulations on social media, which leads to cyberbullying (electronic communication of bullying of threatening messages or implications), and social media’s role of furthering the idea of a perfect exterior.

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Doctor Martinez

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