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Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You? | New Age Creators

Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You? | New Age Creators


-Our generation is stuck
in this unique position of trying to create ourselves. As if growing up
and making sense of the world wasn’t enough,
we have this second space where we are forging
our identities, one where no generation
before us has set the rules. I am as much a citizen of
Snapchat as I am of New Zealand. Back when our parents
were growing up, you more or less had one self — the one you were to your family
and friends and the people around you. While you may have acted
a little different around certain people, you were still your single,
real-world “me.” But we aren’t our parents. We’re the Internet generation, the kids who grew up in an age
of smartphones and social media. For the first time, we are able to live our days
with others online. I’m as close with people
halfway across the world as I am with friends I see
and meet every day. Yet as a result of this,
we have a problem. Am I the same Chase in real life
as I am online? See, my online self looks
like Chase, talks like Chase, has most of the same dreams,
aspirations, and goals, but isn’t really all of Chase. Well, we can share
more of ourselves online than ever previously possible. We choose not to. Instead, we curate. Online, I can be
more of a highlight reel than my actual self. And this seems great. Who wouldn’t want to be seen
as the best version of them? But it’s a question of
at what cost this newfound control comes at. When you get to carefully select
every image and presentation, your online self starts
to differ from the offline you. And on its own,
this could be fine, but being the validation-craving
beings we are, we turn this into a game,
a competition — one that heavily influences
our self-perception. Incorrectly,
we attach our self worth to numbers of favorites,
likes, or views. We curate, learn, repeat, curate, learn, repeat,
curate, learn, repeat, and eventually we start becoming
more brand than personality, and that isn’t cool. We shouldn’t give up our quirks, the little things
that make us unique, all on the quest for more likes. What we need is
a perspective shift. We can continue
to embrace social media, but realize there will always
be a difference between our on and offline self. We need to learn
that social media numbers don’t validate us as people and we can’t rely on them
for happiness. That has to come from real life. We should be authentic online, but know that behind
the highlight reel, we’re all beautifully imperfect. Remember this,
and we’ll be one step closer to being better humans. -[ Singing ] Blessed are we -Thanks for watching this video. You can check out more like it
over on New Age Creators or my channel,
Chase vs. Everything.

100 thoughts on “Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You? | New Age Creators

  1. Absolutely loved this Chase and it's so true, we don't necessarily even have to try and become a 'better' person for the internet, if we don't want to hide our quirks then so be it. Being an awesome imperfect person is so great by itself 😀

  2. Amazing production. I think we can also start posting our successes AND failures, our trials and errors, our motivations and struggles to influence others in a way social media has not done before. By doing this, we show the world how we work hard to achieve our goals, how we struggle to achieve success, and how we live not like the "best" self, but like our "real" self. Thank you for this video 🙂

  3. Yep, this is true, we are more complex than the few things we put online. We just have to realize it when we watch somebody's work 🙂 And by the way, very cool animations and filmmaking :3

  4. I generally agree with the points you're making, especially the whole "embrace your imperfections" part, however I think we sometimes give Internet too much credit for some of our behaviours. I mean, yes, sure, we are not exactly the same in "real life" as we are on the Internet. But firstly, I don't really like calling everything offline "the real world", because I think what's online is just as real as the offline part. I mean, you probably feel that yourself – aren't your online friendships, with people you met online, just as real as the ones you have with the people who you get to drink your morning coffee with (offline!) now and then? And the Chase you are on the Internet – on your Instagram, on your channel, on your Twitter – is a version of the whole Chase, some part of you, just like my Internet self is one side of Paulina. BUT, as you said yourself, we also are different around different people from "the real world", aren't we?
    Internet is not only "us around a specific group of people" (strangers, mostly), but it's also a different situation. We're different at school, we're different at home, we're different on the Internet. I happen to speak a few different languages and I feel like I am a different person in each and every one of them. So am I "true" in my native language, is this the most "natural" situation for me? Well, I feel more natural speaking English… I don't see one as a real me and another as a version of me. They are all different versions of me, they have equal rights in constituting what's "me".
    Also, when I travel, when I am in a new place, where I don't know anyone and no one knows me, I am different than I am back home. Is that because I can fake myself, since there's no one around who would catch me on that lie, or is that because I am free of expectations people at home put on me and I can truly be myself? It's hard to tell.
    This whole ramble was to say that yes, we are trying to be our best, curated selves on the Internet, but in my humble opinion (sometimes I think I am the last person on Earth who writes that whole expression and doesn't really uses acronyms), it's not like Internet altered human nature on it, it just hightened it, took it to the extreme. Think of a version of you that tries to impress your date and the coolest person you know and potential employer AND your personal hero at the same time. And then put it into the situation where you feel like you have freedom to be a slightly different than you are on a daily basis, maybe more like a person you'd wish to be. And then imagine repeating that daily. Here, Internet you.
    Okay, maybe you're right, maybe we are especially different on the Internet. But I still don't think that our Internet selves are less real, they are just a different part of us. They're us stripped off our fears, with the features we'd have if we were bold enough to pull them off in the daily life, they reflect some of our hearts desires, for sure.
    Everyone knows and agrees that you need to meet someone offline to really get to know them, but I also think that you need to get to know online versions of your offline friends to really, fully get to know them.
    Wow, that turned into quite a chaotic TL;DR (what did I say about the acronyms earlier?), but I guess it's a good thing (maybe not that good for whoever is reading this, if anyone). It means three minutes of your video was that much food for thought. And that was just a first episode. Keep up, I will definitely keep on coming to see the next episodes (however I promise to not write THAT long comments anymore :P).

  5. Thank you SoulPancake for introducing us to the amazing NewAgeCreators, and thank you NewAgeCreators for the beautiful and amazing content, I really enjoyed this video!

  6. I love these videos so much! Everyone is so amazing! You can tell you put loads of work in to this:)

  7. I really like this. It's a great reminder that what we share online can be that highlight reel, but our whole life off line and off camera can just be a perfectly weird life.

  8. chase this is so great, it really made me think and reflect on who i am online and offline and this is something i'm going to keep in my mind for a long time !! (also the visuals were stunning)

  9. I agree with what you said.While watching this video I remember this

    "Being popular on Instagram
    is like being rich in monopoly "

    Most of the time we are preoccupied with the number of likes and want to be popular or famous but the thing is that person is portraying what they want you to see and not who they really are 🙂

    Inspiring video with a great message 🙂

  10. "The greatest discovery of the 21st Century will be the discovery that Man was not meant to live at the speed-of-light." – Marshall McLuhan, The Global Village

  11. The debate on being authentic and true on the internet is always a wary topic to discuss, but you made it extremely simple and easy to respond to. (:

  12. Well said. I think also we should allow ourselves to be imperfect online as well as offline. Show more of the real world us, off days and things alike. That way we don't have to apologize when we are not sparkly and bubbly but just human.

  13. You speak out one of the most important ideas. I do think we need to create a healthy space to let and inspire people online to make mistakes and change and progress just as we should in offline world.

  14. I am so happy I found your channel chase a few months ago! But even if I didn't, I was already subscribed to soul pancake so I would have found you anyways! I said this because I think it's meant to be for me to watch your amazing and inspiring videos!

  15. I have trouble with verbal (and social) communication sometimes, so I find it easier to "be myself" online.

    In person, I have to wear a mask, pretend I'm "normal", pretend I'm what society wants me to be, meet expectations which are 10x harder for me than they are for others…when you have ASD, that's super difficult.

    I don't care about likes and numbers; I run a comic called "AuTalkz", which is a comic about life with autism and raising autism awareness/acceptance.
    I typically get hundreds of views when each issue is posted, and I do wish that it would get bigger and people would share it more than they hit that "like" or "favorite" button…
    …because I'm more concerned with the message I'm trying to get across than the number of favorites/likes I can get from it.

    But for me, I'm the same person online as I am in real life…only I have an easier time expressing myself and communicating.

  16. Great video Chase. I feel like for a lot of people, they hide who they are in the "real" world and are themselves online. Just as a lot of people use the online world to show either just a part of themselves, or even a completely false image of who they really are.

  17. i just try to ignore social media. i think we're on social media just because of peer pressure and fear of missing out. Missing what? The highlights of other people as you have said. We are more connected to others but aren't we just connected to their best versions?

  18. You couldn't have said, filmed or edited this message better, Chase! And I want a Snapchat flag now ;D

  19. I have a lot to say, but I can't find my words. I think it comes down to this message being an important one for a younger generation.

  20. My online self is me its where I can express myself in my own way and it's free! Please comment your true self

  21. I don't totally agree with this about all social media users. because some you tubers whole "YouTubeing"is about being who they truly are as much as time would allow. Not sharing just the happy moments but the angry, sad, upset etc. moments as well.

  22. Wow I'm really impress that you were not offended by my comment. I wanted that the reason I express what I did is that many of those who have revealed the good bad and the ugly has helped me to realize that In some areas of my life I'm not alone. Truly your response is respected by me not that I count in your world but I appreciate it, and I appreciate your work. Happy Day. Cheers.

  23. Hey, absolutely adore your video, it's amazing!
    But I have one question, which program do you use to edit your video's?
    I love the way you write/draw on your video's and I would like to learn how to do that.
    Please keep making these awesome video's! 🙂

  24. Everyone becoming their own brand is something that just doesn't sit well with me. It sucks that we all feel obligated to go through certain motions on social media to get the attention that we crave. It's good to constantly remind yourself how much that doesn't matter, so that you can start to focus on what does matter.

  25. My online self is the more honest me. I'm not as nervous or awkward online and I don't have to be scared of being who I am online.

  26. This is so true!! I think our generation needs to take a step back sometimes and realize that our "image" online isn't everything.

  27. I have to say, though, I do not believe it is important to gain attention through social media platforms that many people do. Many people do rely on external things to make them happy. The cost of that is to their friends and family and on their health and well-being. But, if they are aware of those things yet still choose materialism or the social media representative equivalent, then they are just being themselves. People are so diverse. We are not all the same in this thinking despite, I, myself agreeing and ideally living the way you talk about in this.

  28. I love this so much because it feels like EVERYONE ONLINE has this problem at some point or another – it's just something that naturally happens when you're able to tweak yourself before sharing. Thanks for putting this perspective out there, it's a great thought 😉

  29. "citizen of snapchat"
    no the problem isn't you have two identities, its that you have no identity to begin with, hence you are clinging to a corporate cookie cutter identity. go read some history books and you will feel much more a new zealander soon enough.

  30. Hi Chase, great video. How can I contact you? I would like to seek your persmissionto use your Online vs. Offline Self video in presentations to High School students. Thanks, Chris.

  31. You can't tell me whatever you, I won't ever care about your identity and who you think you are, to me you are your actions and behaviors.

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