Mask On, Mask Off- 7 Billion People, 14 Billion Faces

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?

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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.

Source: Youtube

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!

13 thoughts on “Mask On, Mask Off- 7 Billion People, 14 Billion Faces

  1. I loved this blog post! I especially liked how you referenced Catfish; it’s actually my favorite show. It’s funny to think that ‘catfishing’ is actually a reality. Anything is possible online; especially when almost everyone presents a facade. I also loved the meme; its actually hilarious. Online personas can seem harmless enough, but, like anything, it can be brought out of proportion. http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/staff-editorials/16742/confessions-of-catfish/ ; this website is the perspective of someone who was once a catfish; if you have time, it’s actually an interesting read. It would of also been interesting to see you expand on the Catfish incident with Katy Perry, but overall, i thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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  2. Hey Amanda, this is a great blog. I thoroughly enjoyed the youtube video of the poor guy being catfished but l thought it was a great example of a misleading persona. In this age it can be difficult to trust people over the internet, as there are many people cat fishing others and perceiving a life they don’t have to gain a larger audience or more followers. In ways l guess we all present our lives a little differently as we mostly post the nicest photos of ourselves at out happiest time. In my blog this week l touch on persona through people presenting themselves different in the physical aspect, l even gave a personal example as make up and great lighting was used in one where the other I’m wearing pyjamas and have no make-up with terrible lighting. Check it out if you have the chance.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Hi Courtney, I love how you put a personal example in, that is great- will have a look at it! It is difficult to trust people these days, and with online dating increases it is hard to be sure what you are really signing up for! Thank you so much for your comment

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  3. Hi Amanda,

    Your personal take on the concept of online personas is effective as it makes the reader reflect on their own use of social media and the people they follow. I like how you used catfishing as an example. Social media has not only changed the way we represent ourselves but it has also changed many social aspects of society such as dating and relationships. You might be interested in this article which explores how social media celebrities can use their online persona to hide their true motives and manipulate young viewers https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/youtube-celebrities-uses-minecraft-to-prey-on-underage-fans

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    1. Hi Millie, thanks so much for your comment! I will check out the link, thanks. It is really interesting how ‘social media’ celebrities are now a thing! The dating aspect is so true, online dating is increasing but so many people don’t really know what they are getting into, do they?

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  4. Hey Amanda, I’d just like to say that I thoroughly enjoy your writing style. Great use of memes, and intriguing opening sentences, I love it!! I like how you discuss the small scale of the catfishing phenomenon that we tend to overlook, such as people creating heightened/different personas of themselves online through to maintain some kind of ‘image’. As well as the larger, more serious scale, of catfishing. Heres a link to an article that discusses similar ideas, think you might find it interesting! https://theconversation.com/not-all-online-catfish-are-bad-but-strong-communities-can-net-the-ones-that-are-47981

    With love, Puby

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  5. Hey Amanda, i really enjoyed this most :). The use of videos and memes in order to grab the audiences attention allowed your post to convey further meaning. It was good to see how well you related this weeks topic back to you personally. The example used allowed the audience to clearly see the point you were trying to make in regards to a persona. It is true in believing that everyone in society has a ‘public face’ in one way or another. I also enjoyed your video which displayed an individual being ‘cat fished’. This is a perfect example of a misleading persona, and the significant impact it can have on a person.

    Here is a link to an article that can further assist your knowledge regarding similar idea’s you have already mentioned in your post. Well done. https://www.nngroup.com/articles/persona/

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  6. I totally agree that people’s personas online are irrelevant to who they really are! The trouble with liking is that it doesn’t always have to do with whether the person actually likes the photo, sometimes they just want likes in return. In so many ways, rather than giving us confidence, trying to create an online persona just gives us greater insecurities http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a8601466/why-dont-i-look-like-her-how-instagram-is-ruining-our-self-esteem/
    Maybe the more we make masks/personas to hide behind, the more reliant we become on them, and lose more and more self confidence?

    Awesome blog post though, really engaging

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    1. You are totally right! Some many people fish for likes and you see on youtube F4F and stuff like that. It is very interesting to see how insecure our society is becoming! Self confidence is fading away for a lot of people,. Thanks so much for your comment and I will check out that link!

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