According to Costa, and Torres, Digital Identity denotes Presentation and Reputation. Presentation is the way we interact and showcase of our practice, while Reputation is the way people consider us to be. Even if we’re just using the Internet for temporary educational/project purposes, we’ve unknowingly succumbed to the possibility of identity creation (Costa, C. and Torres, R., 2011).
As a student and frivolous digital consumer, I am resigned to a multi-identity approach, although I would try to maintain a single identity approach whenever possible (by linking my social media accounts), as it is more convenient to manage; not having to remember many passwords.
It’s hard to determine authenticity even with a single identity, an individual can curate/personalise his profile to the extent where it does not accurately portray his true self.
Having multiple identities can be related to materialistic things – car and/or clothes? Do we really need that many of it? (BBC, 2016)
Lines are blurred as personal profiles have even been used for work. Employers are also peeking into the personal profiles of prospective candidates (Popularity, 2017).
When an individual has multiple accounts, the likelihood of having an anonymous account is probable. Anonymity is sometimes good as it encourages freedom, disregarding emotions in the equation, where learning can take place (Magni, 2013).
Particularly encouraging for people who are secretive about their credentials, discussion websites such as 4Chan, does not require an account. With that said, identities are ever-changing and never-ending (Boyd, 2008). It is impressionable, based on the currency of individual’s experiences and interactions.
Interestingly, Catherine charts the number of identities against the anonymity of the online profile(s), which emphasises heavily on an individual’s privacy.
In conclusion, no matter the number of profiles, individuals must be accountable for their online doings and maintain an equilibrium of authenticity and privacy.
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