BY KIRAN SOOD – MEDILL NEWS SERVICE
As part of my final post, I wanted to share some thoughts about the identity I have been creating and forming through these posts for the past 10 weeks. It has been exciting to blog about technology in Chicago and the Midwest.
With each blog post, I’ve gotten the chance to shape my identity online, hoping to reach people both in communities similar to mine, and in completely new networks. It’s been a pleasure to reach those of you that I did, through the community we have been striving to create at Medill Money Mavens.
In my final blog post, I challenge you to think about the identity that you create for yourself in the online world, and how that differs from the identity you had hoped to create for yourself.
When you search for your name in Google, is the first person that comes up actually you? How do you balance time spent communicating with loved ones online with time spent communicating with them face to face?
For some young people, studies have shown that a technology addiction can strain interpersonal relationships. The key is finding a balance between time spent in online networks and time spent formulating and maintaining real relationships, and realizing how valuable your time is.
Finding this balance is not always easy. Author and poet
Most people have too much time on their hands.
2. Most people are passive receptacles for whatever goes by;
3. Most people are not bothered by redundancy
What does this mean and what can we take away from it? Some people turn to online networks to feel in control of their identity and to a certain extent, to self promote.
Others turn to online networks to take comfort in knowing they have a friend, no matter how far away they might be. As it turns out, an increasing number of senior citizens are turning to social networking sites to evade loneliness.
Staying connected, staying current, and being well-informed are responsibilities of all citizens. Making connections and making new friends are basic human desires that we all experience.
The challenge is knowing that while the Internet provides a means to seemingly achieve all of our societal and social responsibilities, it is not the only way to do it. With the right combination, your online identity will be a complement to the identity you formed and maintained through personal relationship, not the only way of expressing it.