Digital Identity: Real or not?
“Sometimes our ‘digital identity’ does not fit with our ‘real identity’ because most of us want to share our best part” (Shay, 2015). I came across this article while I was browsing for things to put in my blog and this line struck me. Yes, we want to share our best part but doesn’t it mean it’s still part of us?
I believe my identity online is a faithful representation of how I see myself, but not all. There are things about me that I choose not to show online. Furthermore, I believe that my digital identity changes constantly as time goes by. It adapts to what is seen as ‘fit’ at the time. Having been on different social media accounts, I would discuss the three I am most active on.
On Facebook, I usually show my side of being a dog lover. The things I share, the posts I like, and what people will mostly see on my feed are about dogs. Also, there won’t be much posts that have texts, most would be either GIFs, images, or videos. Just like what I said, my identity adapts to the present time. People, in general, do not post that much with lengthy texts, just images or videos. There was a time when people would use Facebook to post their random rants or just status updates but now when I scroll my feed, I see pictures or viral videos. I would not be able to show the lengthy posts that I have made because the account showed above is my new account. In the past, it is ‘cool’ to have a lot of Facebook friends, but as I got older, I learned to give more importance to privacy. I also mentioned earlier how my digital identity is shown, but only part of it. The reason for that is I also try to be careful in sharing my opinions, beliefs or even information because 1) People are quick to react/judge 2) I keep my profile as lowkey as possible 3) and privacy.
On Twitter, I usually share the emotional side of me, it is where I usually rant and just post random stuff. I do not usually do this on Facebook because I don’t think it’s the right platform to use it for. As you can also see, it is where I usually share stuff about politics. On Twitter, I find myself re-tweeting things that are most relevant to me. It is the platform where I normally find people who share common sentiments with me.
I would not be able to show how my Instagram changed from before because I already fixed my feed because my sister pushed me to do so. She told me to do it because people are doing it. Again, this explains how digital identity changes constantly.
On Instagram, I post the best version of my pictures, either edited or not, I post pictures with people who matter most to me, I post pictures about things that I love (like dogs, beach, food). But then, this is not the whole version of me, this is just the version I would like to show people, but still it is part of it.
Online activities are no longer separable from our real lives, but an integral part of it. “William James, the father of American psychology, once suggested that we have as many personalities as the number of situations we are in. Although our digital identity may be fragmented, it seems clear that our various online personas are all digital breadcrumbs of the same persona; different symptoms of our same core self. (Prezumic, 2015).