Whether it’s online or in real life, we have our true self - the self with all its insecurities and struggles and joys and quirks.
And then there’s our filtered self, the self we wish we were.
The filtered self might look like our true self, but maybe isn’t totally what we’re actually like. Maybe we picked The Smart Filter, or the Put Together Filter, or the Hipster Filter. Some of us are wearing the Don’t-Hurt-Anybody’s-Feelings Filter, or the Perpetual Critic Filter, or the I’m in Control Filter.
But whether or not we hang outside office buildings in creepy cloaks and masks, or filter or photoshop our lives, to an extent, we all do this kind of life editing in one way or another.