Public Opinion and Image Online by Leslie A. Fischman
Google Search: public opinions, self-image, negative opinions, how to share (12/08/17)
According to CNN: “what starts as a fun way to document and share experiences can turn into an obsession about approval that can wreak havoc on self-image.” Issues they brought up are, “comparing themselves … [and] the effects of social media.” Popular now, are fasting trends such as “tbh” meaning to be honest on Instagram and on Youtube “"Am I pretty or ugly?." –However the “good news” is that “although approval-seeking and self-doubt continue to plague girls both privately and publicly, there are signs of fatigue.” CNN states that there seems to be a need for “eager for peer validation” through the “use social tools that provide it” for those who seek “perfection.” However there is “potential to combat[ting] unrealistic appearance ideals and stereotypes.” They key issues that stood out to me are whether social media sharing causes one to feel: “well, social, and or [feel] reject[ed].”
Remember you are always in control of what you post online. And whatever makes you feel uncomfortable, well it can always be deleted or set to private. Audiences are helpful in that way, they are both: (1) entertained by our shares and (2) help us grow through our shares. –I have personally been a blogger online for many years now, everyday writing, since 2013, and with that experience, I know very well the ups and downs that one experiences while posting online.
Public perception is defined by Google as a “social phenomenon [that] can be seen as the difference between an absolute truth based on facts and a virtual truth shaped by popular opinion, media coverage and/or reputation.” –So how does who we represent online affect how we represent ourselves online. There are many systems for help and assistance with representing yourself online, such as the boxes you fill out about yourself, those options, the friends you choose, if you so choose to make that information public, and what you choose to like, the likes system tells a lot about yourself. These are all ways to properly represent yourself online, without worry about what you say about yourself. These are called foundational principles from which to represent yourself, the social media fundamental underpinnings, the required spaces you fill out help you center yourself. That’s what they’re there for. What you add to it, is at your own risk. –Why we have mainstream media on social media for which you can share and base your opinions on, and they do not have to be derived from you, as a writer, this is the most common way to blog, by sponsored topics geared by the news.