What does it mean by online identity?
Before discussing about the argument for and against having more than one online identity, we must first know what does it means. Online identity is a “persona” that is developed online based on what we are doing online be it searching for articles or communicating through social Medias. Based on an article online – “online identity is the sum of your characteristics and interactions”. An example would be going to EBay to buy a product.
What you are doing online provides information for the website with “cookies” so that the website can be personalized for your use. It is similar to how it is unique for everyone. However, there are chances that we are unable to control the information that are being stored into the website.
Moving onto the main topic of having a single identity or multiple identity. By having a multiple identity, it questions our online persona between authenticity and anonymity.
Arguments for having more than one online identity
With different personas, it helps to give privacy to oneself in a way that different accounts are created for different set of people. Example would be working colleagues and personal friends. Having said that, different account helps to prevent the other party from knowing things like a complaint against a certain colleague or friend. We often do not wish to associate our personal and working life together. However, if the same username is used for different social medias, it can tell people about their personality, who they are and who they want to be.
Arguments against having more than one online identity
With multiple accounts, it makes people to wonder if it is the “real” you. Because there are many different accounts created, it makes people unsure of the validity of the account. It lacks of the integrity such that people do not know whether if it is your account or not and might leak away job opportunities. Single identity can cause trouble since it is tied to your name such that you can be judged based on what is done online.
Having discussed, I believed that multiple online identities should be embraced as this allows me to show a different side to different set of people. Such as a professional profile as a marketer and a friendly side to my family and friends. By separating work and social life, it will definitely show the professionalism of an individual.
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