Online vs IRL Identity: The Representation of Self In The Digital Age

“Did you check his Facebook?”, “How many followers does she have on Instagram?”, “Did you see their Instagram caption?”.

These are all questions that we would not have asked a century ago. While social networking sites have impacted the way in which we communicate with people, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter allow users to also present themselves, as each share, like, post, heart react, filter and hashtag contributes to our ‘online identities’. But are our online identities different to our real life identities? Have we seen a blurring of the two? Or are we merely all catfishing our friends online? To answer these questions, Tuesday Daily’s Ruby Innes was joined by Professor David Marshall from Deakin University, a leading expert on the ‘pandemic of the online persona’.

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