What’s your similarity?

Have you ever experienced knowing someone through their online persona and finding that they’re someone completely different in person? I know I have.

So how similar are you to your online persona?

Persona is defined as “the mask or façade presented tosatisfy the demands of the situation or the
environment and notrepresenting the inner personality of the individual; the public personality” (Dictionary.com) 

In it’s simplest form, persona is the self you portray to others, based on how you want to be perceived. Persona is demonstrated through the online self largely through Instagram, where many ‘Insta-famous’ celebrities have inputted their opinions on the topic.

A famous example of an Insta-celebrity confessing to creating a ‘fake’ online persona is Essena O’Neill. O’Neill is an Australian teen who was famous on Instagram, before she ‘quit’ the platform, claiming her online persona had become much too fake and that she no longer felt she was reflecting her true self online.

Essena O’Neill re-captions Instagram posts with REAL LIFE Image via: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/28278/1/is-instagram-model-essena-o-neill-a-fraud
Image via: http://www.manrepeller.com/minor_cogitations/essena-oneill-quit-social-media.html

For more information on Essena O’Niell’s rebellion against online persona, see below:


Until next time, that’s this week Pinned.


One thought on “What’s your similarity?

  1. This was a very interesting read! I’m going to be honest, I hadn’t even heard about this whole thing until now. I’m not sure how you feel about her actions but to me I feel like this has been a huge marketing ploy. After reading your initial post I clicked the extra links you provided and watched her ‘crocodile-tear’ Youtube video begging for change and i’m sorry but to me it just seems very fake, which is ironic considering that’s what she’s supposedly speaking out about.I watched another Youtube video by Nina and Randa revealing that Essena apparently asked for donations in order to start up her website and then used the money that was donated to support HERSELF. She is now apparently releasing a book? it’s quite hypocritical to criticize social media and its marketing capabilities and then continue to use them yourself. It guess she’s finally revealed her true persona. great post!


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