Are You the Same Person on Social Media as You Are in Real Life?
We all have personalities, and most of us have many different sides to that personality depending on the situation we’re in. We like to think that who we are on social media and who we are in real life is the same person, but that’s not always the case. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to avoid feeling like an imposter when you share your life online.
Most people use social media to share information about their lives with friends and family. But what happens when your online persona doesn't match up with your real-life persona? Do you present a different version of yourself online? Is this healthy for society? Is it even possible to be the same person both online and offline? These are just some of the questions that have been raised about this issue. In the end, the question is whether or not we want to stay true to ourselves or change ourselves for the sake of connecting better with others. The decision is up to each individual, but I'm sure there will be more discussion about this topic as time goes on. There's no doubt that there will always be people who try to fit in with those around them, and there's nothing wrong with wanting to make connections. However, other people choose not to conform because they know themselves better than anyone else does. They know how they want the world to see them and don't feel the need to change themselves in order for that vision to come true.
Do you post pictures of yourself doing things you don't normally do? Do you write about interests you don't actually have? If so, why? What are your motivations for creating a different persona online? What purpose does it serve for you to be someone else on social media than who you are in real life? Perhaps you feel more confident presenting an image that makes you look good rather than showing the world what's really going on with your life. Maybe it's just easier to live up to an expectation of perfection if you're never seen imperfections in a person. However, there may also be a darker side - could this need for perfectionism stem from low self-esteem and body dysmorphia? Could it be that you're using social media as a way to escape reality because life is too hard or boring or lonely? It can be difficult to know where to draw the line between pretending and living out fantasies. Whether you create another identity on social media or not, remember: every aspect of your online presence will eventually get back to your friends, family members, employers, etc., so make sure you are comfortable sharing those parts of yourself with others.
Think about how you present yourself online. Do you post pictures of yourself that you wouldn't want your family or boss to see? Do you say things that you wouldn't say in person? Be honest with yourself – are you the same person online as you are offline?
For many people, the answer is no. They feel more comfortable expressing themselves online than they do in person. They might be more likely to share their opinions, or they might act differently because they're not face-to-face with someone. However, we all need to think carefully about what kind of image we're presenting to others. If you have a friend who is struggling with depression and wants to commit suicide, would you tell them what's bothering them if they reached out on social media rather than in person?
Another thing we should consider when comparing our social media selves and our real selves are privacy. We may post unflattering photos of ourselves from a party, but it can also affect other aspects of our lives like work. We shouldn't assume that everything we post on social media will stay there forever! And just like anything else, there are risks associated with being overly active on social media too. It's important to remember that being an active member of the digital world doesn't mean you have to give up your personal life and forget about real life.
Being yourself online is just as important as being yourself in person. After all, social media is just an extension of your real life. Here are a few tips for staying true to yourself online
1) Don't feel like you have to post constantly. Take some time off and don't stress about missing out on what other people are doing or seeing.
2) Avoid commenting negatively on other people's posts or pictures because that can make you seem mean or jealous. Instead, if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all! Just scroll past it. It'll save everyone from having a bad day.
3) Don't be afraid to show your emotions on social media. Your feelings are valid no matter what they are- happy, sad, excited, angry- so let them shine through in your posts or photos 4) If you're feeling down and need someone to talk to, try reaching out to one of your friends first instead of posting something negative about how awful you feel
5) Post things that matter to you personally.