Topic 2: Reflection – Who Do You Think I Am?

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Figure 1. Piktochart visual depicting a self-evaluation.

The aim of topic two was to discuss the concept of multiple online identities. Researching for such a broad topic increased my knowledge on how people portray themselves online. For example, an important aspect I expressed in my blog post was the need to stay professional, even on personal accounts (i.e. Facebook). This can reduce the risk of posting compromising content. Additionally, as a psychology student, I noticed that many of my resources came from media articles – thus, I was introduced to new sources outside of journal articles.

Reading others’ posts furthered my understanding of the topic in addition to opening up areas I had not considered. In Alexander’s post, I became more informed in how digital users nowadays should be more watchful of their security and online presence; this suggests that individuals are pressured into becoming responsible digital users. However, it also implies that changing online identities to suit others can be considered as reducing authenticity.

Secondly, Sharon’s post focused on digital footprints and the anonymity vs. authenticity debate; the quote “anonymity gives people control” is crucial in explaining how people can be more open online, and thus more authentic. Furthermore, I bring up psychological research to explore reasons behind multiple identities, something that came to my attention from Raziya’s comment on my post.

Some of my peers said I could use graphics to create consistency and further dialogue on the pros and cons of multiple identities. Accordingly, I have created two visuals following their feedback. I will try to maintain this for future posts.

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Figure 2. Pros and cons of multiple online identities.

Figure 3. Managing your online identity.

In conclusion, having multiple identities can be beneficial. Nonetheless, it is crucial that individuals carefully manage their accounts to ensure authenticity. Therefore, I believe media campaigns and education should be provided to highlight the importance and security of multiple identities online.

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Comments

Alexander’s post.

Sharon’s post.

References

Costa, C., & Torres, R. (2011). To be or not to be, the importance of Digital Identity in the networked society. Educação, Formação e Tecnologias, 47–53.

D’Costa, K. (2014). Catfishing: The truth about deception online. Anthropology in Practice.

Gil-Or, O., Levi-Belz, Y., & Turel, O. (2013). The “Facebook-self”: Characteristics and psychological predictors of false self-presentation on Facebook. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(99), 1–10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00099

Raines, A. (2016). Is catfishing illegal? Quora.

Figure References

Figure 1. Reflection visual. Self-made via Piktochart.

Figure 2. Pros and cons of multiple online identities. Self-made via Piktochart.

Figure 3. Managing your online identity. Self-made via Google Slides.

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