Me: actively using three different social media (online technology)
Me: actively maintaining Four Different Identities.
In today’s culture, it’s not so foreign to use many different online technologies, but what about having different identities to match all of those? For this paper I will focus on a growing and very popular aspect of online technology. What is that you ask? Social media. Social media has dominated not only the Internet, but also the lives of almost everyone who has access to the Internet. So much so, that some people, when asked about the Internet, immediately think social media rather than the database itself. Without even knowing it, our online identities frame who we are, tale my Twitter presence for example.
If I am tweeting about all the good things in my life, pictures of vacations, tweets about going out and having fun, but in reality there has been more bad than good, then I am putting up a front. One may think that my life is seemingly perfect and there is nothing wrong. Not necessarily an issue with that right? Let people think what they want to think right? Not quite. The issue comes when you start to believe what the people are saying and you essentially alter your reality to how you are perceived online. In many ways our online persona tells a lot about who we actually are. Most recently, the most notable case of how people use social media to take on a different identity is the case of Manti Teo. In this case, Teo was tricked into believing that he was in love by someone online who he had begun an online relationship with. As it was later revealed, Teo’s lover was actually another man. While looking around the web to see what articles are out there about the topic of online identities and the roles they play in our reality, I was surprised to find many sites that actually talked about how to create the best online identity.
When most people think of “re-framing your identity,” it’s not something they would be willing to admit, or even know they are doing. But let’s look at it closely, If, when on your Facebook, you adjust certain things to make yourself look better, or become better at something than you actually are, how is that any different from what we do with our appearance in our everyday lives? Changing your hair, or clothes depending on your setting or where you may be going, is no different from changing your status or name on a social media site to appeal to someone or something. With technology only growing as well as the growth of current and new social media sites, a valid question is: Will there be a difference between our actual identity and online identity at all?