At the same time, Thompson suggests, our increasingly documented and transparent online lives may be facilitating a warped return to Old World, small town social dynamics – where everyone ‘knows’ everything about everyone. 

…If you don’t dive in, other people will define who you are. So you constantly stream your pictures, your thoughts, your relationship status and what you’re doing — right now! — if only to ensure the virtual version of you is accurate, or at least the one you want to present to the world.

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