How Masks Explain the Psychology behind Online Harassment

I believe that it is possible to be our true selves over the internet, and it is arguable that although many do alter how they are perceived over the internet, at times, means of social media can be used to express oneself more thoroughly than face to face communication. Everyone has varying intentions on how they would like to be portrayed over the internet, however, we often times fall victim to appealing to a certain group. An example of this would be “Black Twitter” vs “White Twitter”. It is expected of the black community on twitter to be active members in the Black Lives Matter movement, and have similar opinions to the others that are a part of that community. Even if a person tweets “#BlackLivesMatter”, they may have never attended an actual protest, or have done anything outside of the social media community to show their support in the movement.

One can achieve normal consciousness by being self-aware, but who is to say what “normal consciousness” truly is? At times, individuals could find it different to cultivate awareness of who they are during face to face communication, and do a better job of this without the pressure of seeing individuals react to what you are saying/doing.

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