Dual Identities

Throughout this module I have become interested in convergence and how different forms of media have become integrated together on one platform; the concept of social media and the idea of dual identities or dual personalities has interested me the most.

I personally believe that individuals with social media accounts are trying to be as honest as they can but only to a certain extent. Some may use it as a way of escaping their real life others try to provide you with an image or perspective about their lives.

The main issue with this is that it all falls down to the way in which someone interprets information; for example some people may upload a photo of them with an alcoholic beverage, at the time they only wished to show they were having a good time. However, some may interpret this image and look at the alcoholic drink and create this interpretation of them being an alcoholic.

Therefore, it cannot necessarily be argued that the account holder always creates a dual identity for themselves, but being part of a network like social media others are bound to create an identity for you.

The Guardian have published an interesting article about identity titled : Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?



  1. I really liked the article from the Guardian, and think you’ve raised an interesting debate about whether or not you can tell what a person is really like by their social media. I for one believe that what you post, say and show online does to an extent portray what sort of person you are. For example, if you are the sort of person who mostly posts lots of pictures of you and your friends every time you hang out, people could interpret it as you are someone who cares a lot what others think and need to make a point of letting everyone know you are social. On the other hand, not everyone cares deeply about social media, and their posts don’t reveal much about what they are like.
    I found this article useful, as it talks about what your social media says about you from an employer’s perspective: http://www.careerealism.com/social-media-profile-you/


  2. I think it is one of the most compelling topics as well. I just read this article form the Guardian and I found it really interesting. I was surprised that your social media page can potentially classify what kind of personality you have and how it will assign to how you are behaving at your workplace. I do understand the thought behind these classifications and agree to the same extend as you mentioned in the first comment. But, I wouldn’t say I agree to it completely. I am not sure if you can really tell what kind of person you are on the basis of your online appearance and presentation of your online profile.

    The article, for example, says that people with incomplete profiles tend to not pay much attention to detail. And “(…) the recruiters will not contact you if they see a sloppy profile. Proofread your profile carefully to make sure that it is not misrepresenting you.”

    I personally think that this is too simplified and that many people possibly just don’t care about their Facebook profiles and social media presence enough, and therefore simply don’t bother too much about giving all the information thoroughly. Or maybe they are just cautious about their online privacy. But it is an interesting question (to what extend your profile represents your personality). And to some extend the arguments from the article probably really are applicable.


  3. 100% in agreement. Technology has given us the option to share moments of our lives with the world at our own peril. Especially from the perspectives of celebrities. I hate referring to this family, (as you can tell I’m not a fan) however the Kardashians are a perfect example of this. Posting nude pictures (which according to them) are supposed to empower an individual and make them feel good about themselves. The general public don’t seem to agree and simply call this a cry for attention.


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