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Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You? | New Age Creators

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-Our generation is stuck
in this unique position of trying to create ourselves. As if growing up
and making sense of the world wasn’t enough,
we have this second space where we are forging
our identities, one where no generation
before us has set the rules. I am as much a citizen of
Snapchat as I am of New Zealand. Back when our parents
were growing up, you more or less had one self — the one you were to your family
and friends and the people around you. While you may have acted
a little different around certain people, you were still your single,
real-world “me.” But we aren’t our parents. We’re the Internet generation, the kids who grew up in an age
of smartphones and social media. For the first time, we are able to live our days
with others online. I’m as close with people
halfway across the world as I am with friends I see
and meet every day. Yet as a result of this,
we have a problem. Am I the same Chase in real life
as I am online? See, my online self looks
like Chase, talks like Chase, has most of the same dreams,
aspirations, and goals, but isn’t really all of Chase. Well, we can share
more of ourselves online than ever previously possible. We choose not to. Instead, we curate. Online, I can be
more of a highlight reel than my actual self. And this seems great. Who wouldn’t want to be seen
as the best version of them? But it’s a question of
at what cost this newfound control comes at. When you get to carefully select
every image and presentation, your online self starts
to differ from the offline you. And on its own,
this could be fine, but being the validation-craving
beings we are, we turn this into a game,
a competition — one that heavily influences
our self-perception. Incorrectly,
we attach our self worth to numbers of favorites,
likes, or views. We curate, learn, repeat, curate, learn, repeat,
curate, learn, repeat, and eventually we start becoming
more brand than personality, and that isn’t cool. We shouldn’t give up our quirks, the little things
that make us unique, all on the quest for more likes. What we need is
a perspective shift. We can continue
to embrace social media, but realize there will always
be a difference between our on and offline self. We need to learn
that social media numbers don’t validate us as people and we can’t rely on them
for happiness. That has to come from real life. We should be authentic online, but know that behind
the highlight reel, we’re all beautifully imperfect. Remember this,
and we’ll be one step closer to being better humans. -[ Singing ] Blessed are we -Thanks for watching this video. You can check out more like it
over on New Age Creators or my channel,
Chase vs. Everything.

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