actions in life and on these social platforms

By virtue of the fact that you are validated as yourself on Facebook by your friends, so too can your actions in life and on these social platforms validate or expose you to be someone who you say you are or who you are not.

The strange thing about these social platforms, is that the consequences of our actions are still there, maybe even a little more severe than “normal” life. One could argue that the consequences could be amplified 100 fold just by the sheer breadth and width of these platforms. Where ordinarily an outburst, a comment, a joke, a rude joke, a racist joke, a photo or a video, might be confined to a spouse, close friends and work colleagues these days, 100 – 200 – 500 – 1000 – 10,000 – 1,000,000 people can know about it in a very, very, short space of time.

You would think that with this in mind, people would limit the amount of info they share on these platforms. They would think before they type, post or upload, but as we get more and more comfortable with these platforms, it seems that more and more “social” blunders are taking place across the net.

Mark Zuckerberg’s dream for Facebook was to “make us better people” – live our lives for all the world to see – it would make us more accountable – more honest. But my question is: are these platforms indeed helping us to be better people or over time, or are they showing / revealing our true character as people?

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