I still can’t get my head round what a man in his early twenties told me some little while ago. Some of his posts on Facebook were unpleasant / immoral and I had an opportunity to challenge him about this.
His response to this was to argue that the persona he had on Facebook was a completely fake one. His real self was the one that people interfaced with in real life. The man they talked with etc. But the person he was on Facebook was not genuine and therefore he was free to do absolutely what he wanted because it was not his real self.
As I say I still have difficulty processing that. Fundamentally it must be a very dangerous position to get in, because you can very easily start to live in a fantasy world. You have an altar ego who exists, but is not real. One implication of this is that of the division between the real you and the fake you. On Facebook is it always the fake you or do yo sometimes present as the real you?
It must also give warnings about how we use Facebook and other social media. Does it inherently encourage creation of artificial personas? If it does then we need to make sure we do not fall into the trap of allowing ourselves to present ourselves on it in that way. As Christians we are to be people of truth and honesty.
There is an interesting article here at p4 to further ponder upon fictionalized identities on social media.