Fake life? Or dream life in progress?

Church and Thambusamy refer to personal information deception as “purposeful misrepresentation of, or refusal to disclose, personal data in an online context”. The two authors talk about how competition affects the relationship between social media and not disclosing information or disclosing false information. One of their examples talked about celebrities such as 50 Cent who declared bankruptcy but continued to post pictures of himself surrounded by money. I thought this was a very good but also an extreme example as to how people change themselves on social media. 

 Throughout their research they proved almost all of their hypotheses except for the hypothesis that “competitive norms are positively related to the desire for online competition on OSN”, for which their results did not have any significance. I found it shocking that this was no significant, because their explanation of their hypothesis seemed logical and something commonly seen in social media. 

I thought that @ryansum9726 brought up an interesting debate we had in class about the fact that our lives are no longer realities. Personally, I believe that our social media lives are composed of planned situations to make our real lives seem better than they actually are. In tern, these things we did to make our lives seem better eventually turn into our reality if we do them for long enough. So how are we supposed to differentiate between the real-life and a social media life if they eventually turn into each other? Perhaps they have always been the same, the social media reality is just your goal that you are slowly achieving and the competition in social media is helping you move forwards into achieving your dream lives, the lives you want others to see. 

If not providing all of your information is deception, aren’t all parts of our lives deception. I say this because everyone will try to portray the best version of themselves even on their worst days, whether that me online or in real life. What is the line between portraying the best version of yourself and deception? Are they different things? Obviously the 50 Cent example and many others are obviously forms of deception, and are not portraying that persons reality in any way, shape or form, but examples such as only posting pictures when you go to interesting places, etc, should these be seen with the same severity of misrepresentation of someones life? 

Image: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/social-media-post-invalidate-insurance-burglary/


  1. I really enjoyed reading your article and how you brought up the point made in class of how our lives are no longer realities but shaped by our dreams and desires. I agree as well if we fake our dream life enough on social media that it will turn into a reality. I think that reality and the social media world are the same dependent on the person. They are both the same person but the good aspect and qualities of there life are emphasized while the negatives are minimized creating this all perfect world but still, a reality just shifted.


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