Most people have an online presence that can impact how others view them and how they may view themselves. As a 20 year old, I believe that my online footprint is very existent; I started to use online platforms from a very young age and have not looked back since. I try to present myself as a very happy and go with the flow individual but that is not always the case behind the screen. I use all of my platforms for the same basic forms of communication but tend to share more and or less on certain sites depending on the audience I will reach. Sites like Instagram and Facebook, I tend to try and be a “perfect” version of myself, which is also highly affected by influencers and today’s societal guidelines. Twitter, Tik-Tok, and Snapchat are what I consider to be more laid back and I have notice that I will display my opinion more openly about topics like politics, likes, dislikes, and anything in between. With a lot of your future based upon your online presence you have to be careful with how much you are sharing and the content you are putting out. As I have gotten older I have become more careful with what I post and think about how it may affect possible jobs or even how my friends/family will view me.
I believe that my online identity matches my offline identity to a certain extent. Offline you are always going to be a more flawed version of yourself because you are not sharing just one moment in time you are sharing your whole self; I also believe that in person I may be less vocal on my views pertained to politics and what I dislike. Things like politics are seen as a touchy subject because there are such a wide variety of views and these views often lead to confrontations and you never know who you may be talking to. That’s mostly due to the fact that I don’t like conflict, specifically face to face, as it has been said a million and one times it is easier to hide behind a screen. Though that is not always the case because if something needs to be said for the better of others or myself, I will speak up.
I think when it comes to my online presence being multimoadal, I use linguistic and visual the most. My visual use is highly used through Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat where I share bits and pieces of my everyday life like what I am eating, where I am, who I am with, and what I might be doing. I believe a lot of things on the internet today are shared through visual representation as it is a fast and effective way for information to be shared. The downside to this form of content is that things can be warped and taken out of context so you have to be careful with what you are putting out there. Linguistic mode tends to be something I use for funny banter, life updates, personal views, and opinions on different topics. Words are strong, especially online, since you don’t really know a persons tone and they can present themselves one way but want to be perceived another. I have seen a multitude of fights started online due to someone who misspoke and tried to quickly delete the content but once you click that submit button, it will be out there for forever.
Your online presence is something that can impact your life in such a big way that you have to be very careful with how much and what you chose to put out there. I think that I struggle sometimes when it comes to how much I want to share and have to take a step back and think about how others might see me. A persons entire future can be based on a single photo, word, or video that you may share and you should make sure that it will be the right choice in the end. The internet has become this huge global platform that allows people from all across the world to share their lives and communicate like they never have before.