WHO ARE YOU? Exploring Online Personas

Who am I? It’s the question we ask ourselves almost everyday. However, most of us fail to identify the differences between our real-life personas and our online personas. Our real-life personas tend to present ourselves as we truly are, whereas our online personas tend to be a more consciously fabricated version of ourselves, or more specifically, the person we want to be. However, another question that can be asked is whether our online personas can affect our real-life personas?

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As I write this post, almost everybody around me is either on their laptops, smart phones or tablets.  With this in mind, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to assume that about half of those people have a social media tab open, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram. This is the world we live in and as technology continues to develop, our online-personas slowly begin to cast a shadow on our real-personas. Frightening, isn’t it?

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Note: I would highly recommend watching the episode of Black Mirror titled ‘Nosedive’, which really examines this concept in depth.

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Remember the frustrating moment when you were in high school, when you would come across the blocked site page when trying to access sites such as YouTube or Facebook? Yeah, me too. It was everyone’s pet peeve. Talk about first-world problems.  This is what is often referred to as the walled garden, where certain areas of the internet were restricted by a particular internet service provider, such as the infamous DET portal.

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Facebook also has its own form of wall garden, in that it monitors all information and data uploaded on the platform, and will remove and censor any “dangerous” or “inappropriate” information that is uploaded. Whether we like it or not, within these “walled gardens” we are always being watched.

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