Role-identity is based on both the actions a user consciously takes to present themselves and the inherent shaping of one's self into a format presentable online. There are infinite points of shaping that occur on the web, where one uses the digital space to enhance a part of themselves in a way that couldn't be managed in person, or where one is limited by the specifications of the digital format and the templates of popular social media. The more one exists on the internet, a new mythology of identity occurs through evolving usernames, interests, aesthetics, friends, and information that begets itself unto a user, at a speed and consistency unprecedented to the offline. The "real" world cannot often keep up with the online identity in its presentation, perception, and feedback loop.
The persona that takes space on the internet, that is acted out and translated through text and image and emoji and reshares, is entirely decided and curated by a living person who may live an entirely different type of life in the flesh. It is long form performance, collaboration, lie, and honesty beyond what one might ever be able to live outside the screen. This is exacerbated in people who feel unsafe sharing parts of themselves with those around them and find community online. I have been exploring that constructed role-identity through interview and collaboration.