The internet has took over our generation, allowing society to become more mediated, due to ongoing development, for instance more than a billion people use social media today. For my finale blog post I would like to speak about how social media allows us to have an ‘online identity’, also known as internet identity and therefore can be considered as an actively constructed presentation of oneself.
So first of all how many selfies do you take before you get the ‘right’ one? What is inspiring you when writing a new status for Facebook or tweet for Twitter? We as users of our social media sites choose what and when we want to post, as well as what we want to keep private and want to share. Our online identity through social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is almost a ‘better version’ of ourselves due to us selecting what we want people to know and see.
Are we the same person as we portray our self online? For instance we almost use social media to escape from our real life, to our virtual life. However social media can also cause many problems, due a status or photo that has been shared is waiting for an opinion, even if its a like or a comment, we are waiting to be judged by our ‘virtual’ friends.
I would like to finish with the questions – how truthful is your profile? Are you guilty of portraying your self in a better light on social media compared to what you do in real life?