Privacy and Fallacy over Social Media

This essay is inspired by The Learning Network’s prompt, Are You the Same Person on Social Media as You Are in Real Life? and from Clara Dollar’s essay My So-Called (Instagram) Life.

Unlike Dollar’s experience with social media, I’m not one to make a persona. I treat social media as a mirror of myself and not a mask. If people want to get to know me, all they have to do is look through my social media. You could say that my social media accounts, including this website, are me.

I hide nothing from people (except for deep family matters, passwords, and security details). Other than that, I’m an open book. But then people might see that as a problem. When is sharing too much of my personal life too much? When do I feel like I have no sense of privacy?

There was a point in my life where I used social media to get attention from people. I wanted people to see me and having this website is probably one way getting that attention. I’m in it for the glory, and Wil Dasovic has a similar mindset when it comes to showing parts of his life.

Dasovic is a Filipino vlogger. He’s a very positive person and super outgoing. In one of his latest videos (linked below), he talks about why he vlogs. He wanted to inspire people to be productive by showing how productive he was. As for me, I think it’s similar. I want to inspire people to do their best by showing that I’m doing my best even with my blunders.

Do you have a persona for your social media? Tell me about it in the comments below! I’d like to hear about it!

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