I have been extremely curious about the notion of personal self and online identity influenced by emerging technologies. The virtual world has given us the opportunity to transform our characteristics into an online footprint. Often these identities are created to express and reflect a specific entity of ones self. The question begs to be asked, as people have become enticed with escaping into their alter online egos, where is the line between real and virtual existence?
How do we represent ourselves differently in these online platforms? Have we become narcissistic, obsessive and compulsive? Perhaps, these masks fill voids and personify impossible fantasies. What is truth and meaningfulness behind this facade?
It seems as though people wear these masks for pleasure. It is the feeling of a performer taking on a new persona. Even a member of the audience can feel so engaged as though they are part of that environment. As we submerge into this disembodied existence; we search for purpose and a sense of belonging. Virtual gifts, pets, dating, therapists, marriage and virtual currency, how far can we blend our real and virtual worlds?