By Victoria Dean.
Have you ever ‘creeped’ someone on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?
That was rhetorical question. I know you have. We all have.
Because so many people use social media, it is easier than ever to find out details about their interests, hobbies and political views. With that said, it is possible for a person to be online and not be robbed of all privacy. Obviously privacy settings help but each user can make a conscious decision about what they want to share and how they want to present themselves online.
People can choose not to be completely transparent through what they post. Whether it using filters that make ‘selfies’ more flattering or posting status updates that make them seem interesting or funny, users are capable of sharing the best version of themselves.
It also goes beyond the superficial self that we project to the world. For example, people express their political views differently online compared to in-person. On Facebook, there is commonly arguments from opposing party supporters. Discussion online can often become heated because people become fearless when they are separated by a computer screen. However, if politics are brought up in a face-to-face interaction, people will often take the high road and dilute their opinions to avoid conflict.
There are also positives and negatives to this. People in a Facebook comments section might be more willing to engage in subjects generally considered to be sensitive, and create a much needed dialogue that can lead to social change. The catch is that sometimes people feel that because there is a disconnect between themselves and the person they’re conversing with, there are no consequences to what they say.