While it may not be true that everyone who projects themselves on social media are fake, they may adopt differing personas in order to portray the best version of themselves to an audience, essentially masking their true attributes.
The idea of the “Social Media Mask,” can be applied to the life of social media personality, Essena O’Neill.
Essena O’Neill, an Instagram and YouTube star, recently caused a stir when she revealed that she was quitting social media, saying that the online world is “fake.”
When creating content and documenting her life, Essena donned a mask that hid her true feelings towards the world she was caught up in, claiming that she was actually miserable when she tried to come across as positive.
“Everything I was doing was edited, and contrived and to get more value. To get more views…” (Essena O’Neill, 2015)
We use social media to convey the best versions of ourselves to gain approval from friends, family and even strangers.
However, does this mean we’re all fake?
Or do these personas become a part of who we are in reality?