Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity…

What is your online Identity? An online identity is a social identity that an internet user establishes and uses when participating in activity on websites and social media. A person can choose an identity that is truly representative of who they are. They can do this by doing things such as using their own photos as display pictures on websites such as Facebook and Twitter and by sharing their own personal opinions and ideas. However, some people choose to have an anonymous presence online and they do this by limiting the amount of personal information they share on the internet. This can go as far as not using a real name.

Today, people often tend to have more than one social identity. This can mean having a profile on many different social media platforms but also having more than one profile on one particular website. There are many reasons why people do this, for example, on instagram a person could have one profile for sharing pictures with family and another for sharing pictures with friends. Often information you share with family may not be relevant or suitable or it may be more personal than what you would want to share with your friends. Another reason why people may do this is to have a social media account for work purposes and an account for leisure. There are so many ways to use the internet today so having different profiles is almost essential and definitely more appropriate.

However, there are some negative aspects to having more than online identity. Having more than one online identity can often be difficult to keep up with and time consuming. Having to reply to comments and messages on all profiles can take up time and may be stressful as a result. This type of situation can lead to those comments and messages being ignored by the user and so the people who have messaged may feel offended that they have not received a response. Also, it can be a problem when other accounts are found by employers that they do not think are acceptable and finally can open up opportunities for people to use other peoples identities.

Although, despite the negatives, having more than one identity is a great way to use the internet professionally for its many different purposes.

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Bibliography

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Krotoski, A. (2017) Online identity: Is authenticity or anonymity more important? Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/19/online-identity-authenticity-anonymity (Accessed: 27 February 2017).
Name* (2011) The pros & cons of your online identity | IFB. Available at: https://heartifb.com/2011/03/07/pros-cons-online-identity/ (Accessed: 27 February 2017).
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4 thoughts on “Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity…”

  1. Thanks for your insightful blog post! The clear structure helped me to understand the advantages and disadvantages of multiple online identities. I do feel that your post could have benefited from the incorporation of more multimedia tools.
    I was interested by the point you make that multiple identities could make it difficult for a user to keep up with their multiple profiles and therefore not be able to respond to messages or keep their profile up to date. I personally would not say that this is a direct negative impact of having multiple online identities, but rather is dependent on the organisation of the user instead. Also, what impact do you think it would have not keeping the profile up to date? Do you think this makes the person seem less authentic as I touched upon in my blog? Do you prefer to maintain one authentic persona online?

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  2. Hi Cherie,

    Firstly, I like how you started with a detailed explanation of “online identity” – I believe this made the rest of the post flow really well. I also appreciate the examples you gave of how users can have more than one online identity however it would have been interesting to read about your personal experience. Do you have more than one online identity? If so, what are your reasons?

    I’m personally a part of more than one online community therefore I agree 100% with your point that having more than one online identity can be time consuming and to be honest sometimes I don’t even know where to post first!

    In my blog post I mention how social media has the power to shape our identities with this TED talk https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tedtalk+social+media+shapes+our+identities+. Do you agree with Ulrike Schultze? Have you ever not posted something you liked because you felt that no one else would?

    Looking forward to reading your response!

    Eloane

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