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1. What's on your mind?

Facebook can be depressing because everyone else's lives are better than yours... But are they really? https://www.facebook.com/whatsonyourmindshortfilm DOWN...
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'What's on your mind', in my opinion, has creatively, entertainingly and brilliantly depicted a man dealing with the struggles of his online identity.

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3. Identity: Are you the Same Person Online & Offline?

Is it true that we can be anyone we want to be, online? rdigitaLIFE explores identity in the age of avatars and digital alter egos. Host Ramona Pringle speak...
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I found this video to be extremely informative, clearly presented and relevant to the concept of our online identities.

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5. Facebook You vs. Real You

5. Facebook You vs. Real You | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
summer MIXTAPE: Facebook VS Real Life,Reality is abstract,
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This meme perfectly illustrates what people on Facebook think we're doing, and what we're actually doing and how the man in the image has achieved in making his online profile more interesting than his real life.

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6. Your Facebook Self

6. Your Facebook Self | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
Reality and unreality as we self-style on social media
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'Your Facebook Self' perfectly explains why we tend to exaggerate the fun in our lives over Facebook. The article claims that we strive to create an ideal online profile that cannot be disputed due to the fact that social media does not include physical contact - we can say what we want and no one can tell if we're lying or not.

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8. Why women constantly lie about life on Facebook

8. Why women constantly lie about life on Facebook | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
Women consistently lie on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter to make their lives appear more exciting, a survey has found.
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This article has proven to be extremely relevant to the topic of online identities as it examines and analyses why women only choose to post the best of their lives to their Facebooks. It is explained that a large number of women have exaggerated their lives in order to make themselves appear less boring and to impress their facebook friends.

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11. Fake It - To control your Digital Identity: Pernille Tranberg at TEDxOxford

Your personal data is the oil of today -- the digital economy is built on it. Companies are tracking and analysing every move we make. The Danish journalist ...
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Pernille Tranberg presents us with a TED talk on how to protect your identity online. Here Tranberg is showing us that while there are many cases where faking your identity or not being 100% honest may be considered a moral wrong, there are certainly times where it can be a good idea for your own personal safety.

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13. Pretend life on Facebook

13. Pretend life on Facebook | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
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This e-card shows us that social media users undoubtedly try to make their lives look fabulous online, and that in some cases it is extremely transparent. The e-card also acknowledges that of course, no one's life in perfect and to claim so, would mean pretending.

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15. Facebook Causes Depression

15. Facebook Causes Depression | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
Today, yet another study emerged that proves Facebook causes depression, and the more someone uses it, the more depressed he or she becomes. This new study comes from the University of Michigan, where researchers observed 82 Facebook users during a two week period. They found that the more time a person spends on Facebook, the […]
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Depression is not directly related to social media, however when we are constantly trying to improve our online profiles to appear more attractive, we must look at the consequences. It has been established that when we see our Facebook friends on their overseas holidays, or with their new car, or their extremely flattering profile picture, we are made to feel inadequate and as if our own lives are not as good or interesting. It is this jealous reaction that drives us to want our profiles to look just as awesome.

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17. Catfish: Season 02 Episode 05 - Dorion & Jeszica

Catfish: The TV Show - Season 02 Episode 05 Dorion & Jeszica Catfish: The TV Show - Season 02 Episode 05 Dorion & Jeszica Catfish: The TV Show - Seas
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I have included an episode of MTV's 'Catfish', a program in which social media users have formed exclusively online relationships but are worried whether or not their online friend is who they say they are. 'Catfish' investigates, and then organises for both parties to meet in person to unveil to truth. 'Catfish' shows us just how far people will go to maintain their fantasy online identities. Dorion and Jeszica are a good example of this.

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19. Fantasy Boyfriend

19. Fantasy Boyfriend | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
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I found this to be a good example of how people like to prove to their Facebook friends that they're busy in a happy relationship, and certainly not lonely or bored. However, we can see here that the girl has taken the photo herself to poke fun at social media users constantly taking photos with their partners and uploading them to Facebook.

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2. It's not just women: everyone lies on Facebook

2. It's not just women: everyone lies on Facebook | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
It's not just the ladies out there lying away on Facebook and Twitter. Men are at it too. For, why would anyone want to project a negative image of themselves on networks designed to make people brag about their lives, asks Emma Barnett.
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'It's not just women, everyone lies on Facebook' has summed up perfectly how and why we create our online identities. I particularly agreed with the claim that the reason we go to such lengths to create a good image of ourselves is because we now have an audience. I believe this is the fundamental point when discussing our online identities because what would be the point if we didn't have an audience.

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4. Facebook you vs. Real You

4. Facebook you vs. Real You | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
Fun stuff, not so unsafe
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While this is extremely similar to no.5, I found this photo to be interesting as well. While the previous photo shows a man trying to appear more interesting, here our subject is trying to appear better looking. Obviously the cat isn't trying to appear more attractive, but is still a good example of how we construct our online identities.

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9. Are women on Facebook a bunch of lying liars?

9. Are women on Facebook a bunch of lying liars? | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
A survey shows that a chunk of female Facebook users lie about their lives on Facebook. Is this a noteworthy phenomenon or just an indication of the human condition?
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This article has been written in response to 'Why Women Constantly Lie on Facebook' and addresses the issue that it didn't include men in it's study. This article explains that it is not just women who work hard to craft and perfect their online identities, but men as well.

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7. Identity Construction on Facebook

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'Identity Construction on Facebook' is a scholarly journal article explaining how we have constructed our online identities on Facebook.The article proves through scientific data analysis on 63 Facebook profiles that we are far more conscious of what we post when our identities are known, rather than when we remain anonymous. I found this extremely relevant as we can see that social media users are extremely aware of the content of their posts in order to maintain their online identities.

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10. Facebook vs. Real Life

10. Facebook vs. Real Life | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
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I found these pie charts to be extremely relevant to the topic of online identity and how our profiles don't always depict the true us. From looking at a Facebook profile which matches this pie chart, you would assume the user has an extremely social, fun and active life. However, what you don't see is the user selectively choosing the images that best portray him/herself so that this impression resonates with their audiences.

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12. Is Your Social Media Presence An Accurate Portrayal of Who You Are?

12. Is Your Social Media Presence An Accurate Portrayal of Who You Are? | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
It's no secret that people are willing to say more digitally than in person. People are much more willing to text someone rather than call them, look up something on the internet rather than ask so...
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This article by Anne Marie Suchanek directly asks and addresses question if whether what you post in your virtual life accurately portrays who you are in your real life. Suchanek explains the 'Disinhibition Effect', a phenomenon where we have been found to be more expressive in online environments presenting a lack of physical contact or human emotion and goes on to discuss how people manage their online identities in light of their professional and working lives.

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14. You looked different online!

14. You looked different online! | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
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I found this cartoon to strike a simple and obvious relevance to our online identities. Here we have a man picking up his date, however the woman is disappointed to find that he looks nothing like what she was expecting, and that his online image was different to his image in real life. This has unfortunately become a common debacle since the introduction of online dating.

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16. 83 million Facebook accounts are fakes and dupes

16. 83 million Facebook accounts are fakes and dupes | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
If you're using a fake name on your Facebook account, maintaining a personal profile for your beloved pet or have a second profile you use just for logging in to other sites, you have one of the 83.09 million fake accounts Facebook wants to disable.
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When considering the concept of online identities, fake accounts must be acknowledged. Facebook has noted that over 83 million of its accounts are not attached to a real-life human. This staggering number forces us to accept that we cannot be guaranteed full identity disclosure.

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18. How MTV’s Catfish Actually Works

18. How MTV’s Catfish Actually Works | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
Often, it’s the fakers who write in asking to be on the show.
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I found this article to be relevant to the topic of online identity as it reveals how the popular MTV show 'Catfish' operates to reveal the true identities of profile's they are investigating.

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20. Facebook Meme

20. Facebook Meme | Online Identity Final | Scoop.it
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I found this meme interesting when thinking about how we want to portray ourselves on Facebook. It is a very popular trend to check-in, post a status or upload a photo about yourself at the gym. People who make these posts feel good about themselves when they get likes for them, and like to show others they are fit and like to look after themselves. This will give the impression of someone who is active and healthy.

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