Social Media Personas vs Real-Life Behavior

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Twitter use involves special factors that create a unique psychological environment for the user. Amichai-Hamburger (2007) believed that with the help of Twitter people could easily maintain their anonymity by making multiple accounts. In fact, users can choose a false name and falsify or hide other personal and identifying details. Turkle’s (2002) theory that people under secrecy tend to express themselves more freely and sincerely than they would in a face-to-face interaction since they are not subject to the usual social rules and norms. This theory sheds insight on the problem of online interaction. Correspondingly, anonymity may also encourage people to explore different aspects of their identity in a way that is not possible or…show more content…
Highly supportive net environment might also help people to reach their deepest level of personality, also called the “true self” (McKenna and Barg 2000). The Big Five Personality Model People’s personalities affect their physical and virtual environments like with the use of Twitter. The frequent use of microblogs to record what goes on in a user’s day makes it possible to believe that a person’s microblog would reveal their personality. In his book “Exploring Psychology”, Myers (1990) argued that the Big Five is today’s “common currency for personality psychology” has been the most active personality research topic and is currently the best approximation of the basic trait dimensions. The “Big Five” model of personality dimensions has emerged as one of the well-researched and well-regarded measures of personality structure in recent years. The Big Five works by having an individual associated with five scores that correspond to the five main personality traits and that form the acronym of OCEAN. Imaginative, spontaneous, and adventurous individuals are high in Openess. Ambitious, resourceful and persistent individuals are high in Conscientiousness. Individuals who are sociable and tend to seek excitement are high in Extraversion. Those high in Agreeableness are trusting, altruistic, tender-minded, and are motivated to maintain positive relationships with others. Finally, emotionally liable and impulsive
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