Our Social Media Image

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Although Crystal Abidin’s blog “#hashtagmylife” outlines the social media usage of commercial lifestyle bloggers, the habits of these bloggers epitomize the habits of everyday social media users.

Everything that is posted on social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—has been altered in some way to portray a specific, public image. Abidin questions, “…how calculated are your posts?” Posts are always calculated, but to varying degrees. Through personal experience, I know I always calculate a post—no matter how small. I wonder who is going to look at it, and what these individuals are going to think. These thoughts deeply affect the way in which I want to be perceived by others. Consequently, as these thoughts run through my mind, I will alter the post to fit the image I want to be viewed.

The trouble with our social media image is that this image is not our true self. In life, you cannot add a filter, you can only be yourself. Social media is by no means a negative mechanism; however, it can have negative affects on people’s lives. The constant feeling that one must update their profiles or feeds, in order to stay relevant, is hindering. We feel gratification when we receive likes on our posts, and, conversely, we feel unhappy when our posts aren’t appreciated to the degree we believe it deserves. The sentiment that one needs to update and maintain their social media image is constant, but one must take a step back, and truly question how important this image is.

Sources: http://popanth.com/article/hashtagmylife/

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One thought on “Our Social Media Image

  1. You bring up some very good points regarding social media, especially the idea that individuals are not truly representing themselves online. The calculation and planning that goes into a post or the time that one puts into getting the perfect selfie are not accurate reflections of that person in the “real world”. It is interesting that this is the case, for many argue that social media is a place of free and unlimited self-expression. If this were true, wouldn’t we be expressing ourselves? Instead, social media has given us the power to create a version of ourselves. Yet curiously enough, as you brought up, our “real world” self is affected by the attention (or lack thereof) that our online personas receive. This is a complicated concept that not only changes the way others view us, but how we view ourselves. I wonder what long lasting effects social media will have on society, and what they will do to the social hierarchy we have grown accustomed to.

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