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:
- You Don’t Know Me (dissociative anonymity)
- You Can’t See Me (invisibility)
- See You Later (asynchronicity)
- It’s All in My Head (solipsistic introjection)
- It’s Just a Game (dissociative imagination)
- 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.