By: Tatiana Skomski
When you think of a curator often times you think of someone who works in a museum or art gallery. This idea has transformed over the past few years with the growing use of social media. People are becoming curators of their virtual identities and creating whole new personas for themselves. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are now seen as public spaces where people can share parts of themselves to the world, similar to what a curator does in a museum.
The new, curated self on social media is filled with people leading the perfect lives, traveling to exotic places and being happy all the time. Except, in real life, these people are actually living the exact same boring lives we all are. Pictures that are posted are often times staged in order to add to the façades people are creating for themselves.
Social media has given people the ability to show whatever parts of themselves they choose. Profile pictures (and the way they are edited), liked pages, songs played on public playlists, comments on photos, tweets and status updates all play a part in creating “the virtual self.”
Here are a few ways your social media identity plays a part in your real life:
Your presence on social media platforms are all controllable. You are able to choose which snapshot moments of your life you share and which to not. You are also able to delete posts you later regret, which is not true for real life. You can’t go back and delete something you said in the real world, but in the virtual world you can. With social media, people have the ability to carefully handpick content to post and strategically choose what to share. Everyone wants to be able to write the story of how their lives are going to turn out and with social media and an online identity, people can. People are able to “stage” the moments of their lives to share to the world, just like a curator does with art for a museum.
Ultimately, people like being able to take control of the story that is being told. It is hard to control what happens in real life, so why not do so on social media?