Saving Yourself in False Reality

In Church & Thambusamy’s examination about deception about personal information. In recent age, it is very obvious and we all knew that we are participated in this deception on one and other. Self-deception is when we manage our beliefs without regard for truth and reality.  It may be a belief about ourselves, others and just about anything that we constitute as reality. Yet in class, there was heated debate about how and if social media we partake these deception in is even “reality”. According to Elizabeth Wann, we live in a world of false realities.

Rather than rationally evaluating the relevant evidence for any particular belief, we let someone else guide what we believe, that is why we never see much people exposing obvious fake information in social media. We simply “let it be”. This often has to do with something that we feel strong emotions such as religion, politics or even relationship with someone that we close to. These emotions pressure us to believe something for reasons other than truth. Social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest—can help and hinder us in our struggle with self-deception. Social media can force us to face ourselves, well at the same time escape from our real self. We can look back at things we do or say online, and wonder: “Did I really post that?” This can force us to face up to who we are, both our strengths and our weaknesses.  Many people have noted that we often use social media to put forth an ideal version of ourselves and our lives. We had successfully created an environment where we can believe what we want to believe, regardless of truth or reality. This not only involves deceiving others, but if we believe our own social media, we also deceive ourselves.

We have to admit that the false reality in social media is good to cultivate deep friendships for many reasons, but one of these reasons is that such connections can undermine self-deception. In a more extreme example that Blaise provided that Bun B and T-pain did something similar, claiming to be trillionaires when in reality they were not.  Our deep and closest friends know this. In such relationships we should be able to help each other see past the blind spots we have about ourselves. Social media may help in this, but face-to-face interactions are irreplaceable.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for your post. From your perspective, if somebody intentionally distortes information available on social media because they want their privacy to be maintained, does that contribute to this distortion of reality that you talk about?


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