Changed reality – Could it be that our Facebook personas are as scripted as reality television?

“These are my wonderfull, talented children” and “this is how much my boyfriend adores me.” The social networking site Facebook is being used by many to create an online identity. But some people argue that Facebook has blurred the boundaries and that identities have become ambiguous. Photoshopped photos just to make you glow that tat bit extra, or just that one more extra status update to state about the vibrant, brilliant, party-filled life you’re leading. But life isn’t always so wonderful and glamorous … at least mine isn’t. But when I check my Facebook and see all the status updates of my friends, they all seem to lead these picture perfect lives, with one highlight after the other. But when I talk to them in person, their lives are far from perfect. And it is typically those ones that rave about their lives on Facebook that are actually the ones who are the loneliest and unhappy. But what is this falsehood that we seem to create in our lives? Do we actually believe the lies that we tell ourselves on Facebook… in other words, are we creating our own reality?

By: Inge F.
University of Helsinki


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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