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When you connect through a screen, who are you?

In Singapore, 96.9 per cent of the 5.8 million residents use the Internet, according to a 2023 study. (ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG)
The Straits Times
15 May 2023
Connect through

SMU Vice President of Partnerships and Engagement and Professor of Communication & Technology Lim Sun Sun said that the main difference between online and offline relationships is that online communication often gives users more control. She said, “Online communication can be ‘synchronous’ and ‘asynchronous’, with asynchronous modes like texting giving users the ability to edit and present the best possible version of yourself.” She explained how this makes it possible for users to be less authentic in their online communication. Prof Lim also gave the example of the social networking app Bondee to explain how the asynchronicity of some modes of online communication may help some people be more authentic.