Are you the Same Person on Social Media as You are in Real Life?

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Are you the Same Person on Social Media as You are in Real Life?

Nyla Paul, Contributor

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As we know social media is a big part of our society today. Instagram, Snapchat ,Twitter, and Facebook etc… Now-a-days there is so many social media platforms you could stay on it all day. Social media has become a way to find yourself and on social media you can be a whole different person.  For some people social media is a place where they can get away from real life and present themselves as the person they want to be. You can be a whole different person on social media because you are behind a screen–phone screen, computer it doesn’t matter.  So the question is “Are you the same person on social media as you are in real life?”

As for me- Pretty much I would say I am the same person, but the thing is when I post on social media I only post when I’m as you could say dolled up or with a new outfit. It’s me; it’s just the more dolled up me not the every day me. I show social media the good things. That’s what makes it so easy to be a different person because you can show followers what they want to see.

“Is being a different person on social media bad?” Being a different person on social media isn’t bad as long as your still yourself and just showing the world what you want them to see of your life.  But I would recommend still being yourself and showing your personality in the things you post like your hobbies.

It becomes toxic when you start to present yourself as a person you are not. Trying to change yourself on SM is no different from trying to change yourself in real life. It will become toxic and depressing because the life you present on social media isn’t you so you have to become a whole different person.

I read  an article about this on https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-fitness/201506/living-social-media-life 

“What is really going on with social media is that you are comparing your life to just what is shown to you, and most people only want to show the good stuff. So if you are reading all the positives (and some may be made up), it can end up making you feel that you have no life, because all your “friends” are posting pics from their vacations, their dinners, and their projects.”  People trying to change themselves so they can become famous on social media or comparing themselves to popular people on SM sometimes start to really misrepresent themselves.

My advice: Be you. That’s the best you can be. Don’t be someone different on social media or real life if it means lying about who you are.

 

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