Who are you? When are you most ‘you’? At work, school, uni- with friends, family or colleagues?
Or is it when you are behind your computer keypad? When no one really knows you but YOU are being you?
Confused yet? Source: Youtube
This is all about personas and how you change yourself in different situations and put masks on to cover up your tracks.
We all have a public face we put out there for others to see- mine is at work, everyone thinks I am a bright, bubbly confident young woman when in fact I am a shy, moody, tired teenager but thanks to the face I put on every shift, I have manipulated customers into seeing what I want them to.
Online personas are no different, everyone aims to portray something right?
Why are we so careful what we post and comment on, what we appear to be involved with? We never want our image to be ruin be associating with undesirable things or people.
We all curate our pages:“Instagram is much more than a medium to share photos on — it’s an extension of their identities.”
There are now expectations on social media to portray certain images, young teenagers are manipulating these platforms- particularly Instagram- to show how ‘fabulous’ their life is, deleting posts that don’t get enough likes (60 like is now quoted as the minimum)
This is just a mask! It is not reality and it is not a true portrayal of society, however we are lead to believe this is the truth! Online personas are a fake, unrealistic, unattainable realities that people want so desperately.
We all have different personas (like it or not), and often the online version of ourselves can bring out the worst. We are able hide behind our keyboards and say whatever we want and feel as though there will be no consequences to our actions because there is no physical connection.
A very real part of online culture and personas is Catfishing
It has become a part of our reality when dealing with people online, it is very easy to create new personas and have no one detect on the internet.
There is a television show based off this phenomenon, they are aiming for people to see the effects of this new online community. People are creating different personas and fooling others into believing they are someone the are not, often making people believe they are in a romantic relationship. This has showed a negative aspect of society, the show breaks to break down the personas and to show people the affects of their actions- the manipulation of people.
This video (a summary of a Catfish episode covered by Clevver News) looks at a guy who believed he was dating pop star Katy Perry for SIX(?!?!?) years before discovering he had been catfished, this is a horrible example of how much catfishing can affect someone’s life. All possible by online personas and masks!