Online Persona: To Be or Not to Be


When we’re on the internet, we can mask ourselves; we don’t have to show our true colors. And I guess that’s the part of the appeal. From Tumblr to Twitter, Facebook to Instagram, we have the ability to choose what we show to the rest of the world. And the parts we don’t particularly like? We can just hide them with a click of our fingers.
We tend to pick out the best parts of our lives to share with each other. On Tumblr, we post our best photography and writing pieces; on Twitter, we tweet about the relatable things we just happened to think of; on Facebook, we announce good news to our family and friends; on YouTube, we showcase the best moments of our lives; on Instagram, we capture the little things in our lives that made our day. We choose who want to be on the internet. 
When I was on Instagram, I constantly obsessed over how my profile (feed) looked, whether or not the colors matched, how many likes I got on the photo I took of my lunch, or whether people noticed that I was traveling in an exotic land.
I shared the best aspects of my life. Traveling, spending time with my friends, beautiful murals, evening skies, flowers, attending concerts, aquarium visits, cakes, skylines, night skies, fireworks, and more.
We create our own online persona to make ourselves appealing. It's like making a Tinder profile for your life. You want people to see the best of you, not the you that's crying at night about feeling lonely. As much as people say they are the same person on and offline, we all know that's simply not true. 
Do you like who you are or what you are becoming? For what reasons are we creating different personas on the internet? Do we really dislike ourselves enough to do so? If that's the case, why do we expect others to like us if we don't even like ourselves?
We're so fixated on the idea of being the best, as if doing so prevents others from disliking us or holding a negative opinion of us. At the end of the day, though, who we pretend to be online doesn't change who we are in real life. 
When we're on the internet, we can choose to become whoever we want, but in reality, it is simply not as simple.
Text by Wen Hsiao 
Visual by Hannah Kang

4 comments

  1. This article has opened up an interesting dialogue! I am attempting to create an online persona right now, mostly through my art. I think it's important to separate yourself from your content, and to put out as much transparency as you do ornamentation.

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  2. this reminds me of that foster the people song "are you who you want to be?", one of my faves

    great work as always wen and that visual is so gr8 hannah

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  3. this is honestly something i struggle with- trying to keep as true to myself as i can online
    i'm glad you shined light on this and i luv that visual

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