This isn’t me: Selfies and statuses

There’s a post brewing in me about this – this not-completely-revolutionary idea, but still necessary-to-say idea – that we are not our online lives.

Maybe it’s easier for those who are teens & tweens now: they have lived in a social media world as far back as their memories go. But anyone over 25 remembers a purely analog life. Anyone over 25 has had to (if they so choose, of course) integrate – or at the very least navigate – the trials and tribulations of how to portray oneself online versus “real” life.

And I’m not just talking about oversharing or privacy issues here. What I’m talking about is that our online lives aren’t real. Not only could our online lives not contain the complexity and highs and lows of a human being…we don’t really want it to. All those photos and statuses you scroll through – they are not whole lives or emotions or events. Those selfies? They aren’t our selves. Even this photo below? It’s me…but it ain’t actually me.

More to come…

What do you think about digital lives…er, “lives”?

This is me. But it is not *me*.
This is me. But it is not me.

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