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    In our physical reality, we get to change how we look up to a certain degree. In our virtual reality however, we can be whoever we want.

    The possibilities to experiment with our identity appear to be endless. If the choice will be truly infinite or if it will be reduced to a set of customisable humanlike features is yet TBD.

    Despite how faithful we want to stick to our real-life appearance; our virtual identity will always influence our sense of self.

    But… Aren’t we all already immersed in the relationship between our physical and virtual self?

    How liberating has been for our self-expression to curate our online presence so far?

    Image-centred social media has led to the emergence of a new variant of body dysmorphia, coined as ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’: a disorder that is caused by selfie filters that reflect unrealistic sociocultural standards, and affects us particularly as we forge our identity.

    Those who suffer from it are persecuted by their own (perceived) imperfection, and in many cases, try to avoid real life social situations.

    Like it or not, social media alters our perception of beauty with unattainable standards that, consequently, we obsess with. {Ideas of beauty that we share}.

    Now that our imagination is the only limit, will we choose to look alike among us?

    Maybe it would be safer to keep it real but, how real can a digital recreation of ourselves be? Would our digital twin ever have bags under the eyes, occasional pimples, or a bad hair day? Would it age with us as we grow older? Could digital twins then be the most deceiving representation of all?

    Most of the time, our real image does not correspond to how we perceive ourselves anyway. What if it wasn’t up to us? What if our avatars were created by peers? as in P2P-made identities. Who dares to lose control of their online appearance and let it look as it is perceived by others?

    If we can truly choose who to be, can we impersonate others? How do we know we are not being impersonated? Can we ask others to impersonate us?

    In whatever form we choose to create our virtual identities, they will be able to provide experiences that feel real, even ‘more real than reality’ as we enter in a state of Hyperreality.

    There is no need to distinguish between the physical and the digital world. Just make sure that you are still comfortable living offline and you don’t use your virtual identity to escape physical reality but to connect with others in a different way.

    Who you want to be is already your real self.


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