Is the person peeping out of the profile picture column with a big smile on facebook the same as the person looking back at it? Techology and social media have such a huge impact on the society as a whole that we don’t know the difference between the real and virtual life anymore. Virtual life works on a sufficiently greased engine, as a result of which, it always seems brighter and smooth in comparison to the real life which goes on without much planning and mostly unexpectedly which results in a lot of hiccups and breaks along the way.
The Unattainable Benchmark
How different are people online and offline? This is a question which does not has a definite answer. Social media is a platform people use to connect with the entire world, a very technologically developed and fancy platform. It sets a benchmark for the standard of living, forcing people worldwide to get obsesses with the picture perfect life, anything below which makes a person feel how pathetically miserable life they are leading. Matching up to the benchmark created by social media is neither practical nor feasable. It gives out a representation of a perfect, fairytalish life which does not exist, and the benchmark forces the majority to try and try to match up with the non-existant reality. The virtual life or the life represented by social media is mostly shiny, striking and without the cruel realities life, whereas the reality is very much dissimilar. Real life is stressful, demanding, and real. As a matter of fact, these harsh realities of the real life is what makes a person so drawn towards the easiness of the virtual life.
Online-Offline; Two Distinct Personalities
On social media we only sees what the person wants to show us. People create a brand, a tag for themselfves using social media, The tags and brands which might or might not be true. For instance, there can be a serial killer updating bible verses on Facebook, and making the rest of the world to tag his a follower of peace and sprituality.
So it is safe to assume that the real life and virtual life personalities are two very distinct personalities of the same person.