From a personal opinion, I think that social media heavily influences a large amount of people online and how they interact within the virtual space. I know people that in real life are extremely shy but on social media, convey themselves as confident and almost arrogant. In my opinion, this is a good example of how social media influences self representation of identity and because of this, I looked into articles on the correlation between social media and technology and its influences on the latter, a perfect example of what I am trying to portray is this quote from Green (2013) stating that “the fact that on social media sites, we consider our profiles to be presentations of who we are. Therefore, through interaction with the social medium, the real and ideal selves intersect; and the ideal self is at least partially actualized. In essence, our online selves represent our ideals and eliminate many of our other real components.”, almost as if identity on social media is starting to over bear ‘real life’ identity.
Green, R., 2013. The Social Media Effect: Are You Really Who You Portray Online?. [online] The Huffington Post. Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kay-green/the-social-media-effect-a_b_3721029.html [Accessed 8 Jan. 2015].