If one had something on their mind in the past, they may have kept it to themselves or they might have spoken to someone. Nowadays, one has another option, and this is to share what is taking place for them on social media.
As a result of this, not only can one share the kinds of things they would tell the people they know, they can also share the kinds of things that they wouldn’t. But when it comes to what one shares, it can all depend what they are like as a person.
Although one could share absolutely anything online, it doesn’t mean that this will take place. One may prefer to only share certain things with their ‘friends’ and this is likely to mean that they have a certain level of self-control.
This could soon change when they are with someone they are close to, and they might be only too happy to open up. There is then the chance that one was around before social media was invented.
A Different Experience
On the other hand, one could be in a position where they share more or less everything online. Their ‘friends’ will then have the chance to find out a lot about them and they won’t need to meet them in person.
And when they spend time with the people they are close to in the real world, they could behave in the same way. This could be a sign that one was brought up with social media, and what they do is then seen as ‘normal’.
If one has been brought up with social media, it can be seen as an extension of themselves; whereas if this isn’t the case, it can just be seen as another part of their life. When it comes to the former, it might be important for their profile to be reflection of who they are (or who they want to be).
As if one doesn’t look right online, it will be seen as the same as if they don’t look right in the real world. Thus, it will be as important for them to get positive feedback online as it will for them to get it offline.
The First Thing
When they wake up in the morning, the first thing they think about could be what is taking place on social media. Or more to the point, what kind of responses they have received on there from others.
Every other area of their life is then going to be overlooked during this time, but once they have looked through their device everything else could come back into focus, so to speak. However, even if one doesn’t see social media as an extension of themselves, it still doesn’t mean that they won’t be drawn to their device as soon as they wake up.
Along with this, even if one didn’t grow up with social media, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be seen as an extension of themselves. As time has passed, their level of attached could be the same as someone who was brought up with it.
It is then not going to be possible for them to overlook how they come across online, and it will be just as important for them to create the right impression. And once again, the kind of feedback they get online will have a big effect on them.
What this shows is that not everyone is going to respond in the same way, and one may choose to share everything online even if they haven’t always had social media. There are bound to be plenty of people in the world who choose not to share everything even though they were brought up with it.
When it comes to sharing something online, it doesn’t take much effort; it can be a lot easier than calling someone up or meeting them in person. So it is clear to see why one would share what is taking place in their life online.
During these moments, one could talk about what they have been doing with friends, how they feel or what their views are. There could also be things that they talk about from time to time.
In this case, it could be a sign that one is going on holiday or that someone is their family has passed on, for instance. What one can also talk about is a situation where they made a difference to someone else’s life.
A Good Deed
When this takes place, it will allow one to receive positive feedback from others and this will also have an effect on how people perceive them. This is because other people will ‘like’ their status and they may even comment.
A number of their ‘friends’ will see this as a reflection of what they are like as a person, and as they have helped someone, it must mean that they are a ‘good’ human being. Yet at the same time, there could be others who wonder why they have shared what took place.
Making a Difference
They could believe that when it comes to lending a hand, the act in and of itself is enough; there is no need to tell the whole world about it. When this occurs, it could be said that one is not helping someone because they want to, but that they are doing it order to create the right impression.
And when it comes to social media, it is relatively easy for one to come across however they want to. So if they want to come across as though they are a humanitarian, it is not going to take much effort.
What this emphasises is how easy it is to deceive others and to be deceived by them. This is not to say that everyone who shares a good deed online is out to manipulate how other people see them, as it is not going to be this black and white.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.