Intimate self-expression on social media
Social media have extended our #private lives into a digital #public sphere, making it easier to be singled out for personal #beliefs, #habits, or #appearance. Harmful comments, #hate #speech, #judgement, or #bullying and #shame have all been on the rise, as we share our private lives with friends and the world.
I remember when the internet had the potential to be a place free of judgement, I saw it as a place where #misfits like me would be able to find a place where they could feel #accepted and #connect with others through fake #digital identities and escape the daily reality filled with gossip, judgement and bullying.
Yet today internet has paradoxically become its opposite. Everywhere you go, you tie your personal identity to your digital identity. You add the same friends you have in real life to online platforms. So, whether it is #LinkedIn, #Twitter, #Instagram, or #Meta everything you do is visible under the watchful eyes of your friends and the rest of the world, who #comment, #gossip and #react to your digital life.
So, can you truly experience #acceptance and #validation in an increasingly judgemental world, where you have to hide sides of yourself through ‘close friends list’ private accounts, or fake accounts?
If the internet today feels confusing and difficult to navigate, then you are not alone.
Yes, you are not alone.
We created the Nile App precisely for this reason. To go back to internet’s original potential.
You #connect with other people based on your interests and passions, not on who you are; and every user is #anonymous, which enables you to have a place for safe intimate self-expression; free of judgement, free of prejudice.
Pietro from Nile