PUB 101 – Process Post (Week 3)

This week, we looked into the topic of “the online self”. This deals with questions like: Who are you? What is your “voice”? Do you recognize it? Would others recognize it? Moreover, when we put things out into the world, who is it for? Are you a different “self” in different contexts, environments, platforms?

Speaking honestly, I think I am still in the process of fully determining my online self. As I grow older I find that aspects of my life change the same way my audience/viewers do. It seems as if that process of finding one’s online self/brand will never be fully complete in an ever-changing world. Throughout the years, I have noticed a growing sense of comfort when posting videos, performing, speaking out and being vulnerable on and offline. I wouldn’t necessarily say I am much different than how I present myself on the internet. However, I would say that my walls are fully down when I am around my family and friends. I might also argue that I am more reserved in certain social situations.

In the John Suler reading, The Online Disinhibition Effect. We were introduced to various types of behaviours online:

  1. You Don’t Know Me (dissociative anonymity)
  2. You Can’t See Me (invisibility)
  3. See You Later (asynchronicity)
  4. It’s All in My Head (solipsistic introjection)
  5. It’s Just a Game (dissociative imagination)
  6. We’re Equals (minimizing authority)

Considering my own online behaviours, the concept of ‘see you later’ relates to me more than others. This concept of asynchronicity seems to describe a bit of my demeanour in specific situations. I’m often referred to as the person who doesn’t reply in my group of friends. Ultimately, I blame the facts that when I’m in the middle of completing a task I end up forgetting until about a few hours later. However, I can say that in more professional settings for work or school, I am more attentive to my notifications and work towards getting a immediate, real-time response.

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