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My Digital Footprint


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In the current digital era, it is crucial to be aware of one's digital footprint

A digital footprint is made up of all the information generated when a person uses digital systems and/or interacts with them, leaving tracable traces that over time can be combined to create a digital profile.Understanding how your digital behaviour impacts not only you but also anyone else involved in those activities is essential.This might ultimately reflect poorly on those who are connected to you and have both positive and negative repercussions, like better career prospects or inaccurate judgments.


Interestingly there is always the wonder if persona one presents online is genuinely what they would want to present or there are some cultural considerations to be respected.In their discussion Smith, S and Watson, J (2014) explored if online identity can be faked according to how one wants to be viewed by the world.Which has led me to keep a certain persona online of being a playful though professional.




It is crucial to establish a digital identity that one wants potential employers, friends, partners, and family to see about them. This will require careful thought before posting anything online or taking specific digital actions.Understanding the importance of these digital footprints helps one establish their online reputation, making them a priceless tool in the digital age. In my Facebook post I have become conscious of how l present myself.

Buchanan ..etl(2017) discussed how nowadays communication is not limited to face-to-face interactions like it was just a few decades ago.People can now communicate easily across thousands of miles and time zones.Knowing which platform will best fill communication gaps in the social media age is the key to effective communication.Each communication platform, from live streaming apps like Zoom and Teams to microblogging websites like Twitter and photo sharing platforms like Instagram it offers a distinctive set of features that fill in communication gaps and bind people together.

As an immigrant with a lot of family and friends overseas these have over the years these have successfully established communication connections which keeps

our social networks in constant contact.


It was also noted that different professionals and social statutes might need to protect their identities online. Additionally, educators noted that "we cannot disregard what others say about us. We must demonstrate best practises for managing digital footprints. To survey our digital environments and respond to needs and threats, we require keen vision" Buchanan, R., Southgate, E., Scevak, J. and Smith, S.P., (2018). Regardless of whether educators choose to actively manage their own digital footprints, they have a moral obligation to instruct students on how to do so in order to protect and, hopefully, expand the students' future opportunities. To realise this potential, it is essential to foster the growth of personally, socially, and morally responsible cyber citizens who can manage their digital identities in a way that creates more opportunities, not fewer, for all ages.In their chapter Smith, S and Watson, J (2014), noted how online platforms can be used as a branding platform and l have noticed that over time l have changed my personal profile to a professional one as this allowed more advertising and monetisation options.

Hinds etl..(2019)discussed how the emerging field of personality traits research has demonstrated that social media can be used to identify personality traits and investigate how these traits may influence individuals in various ways.

Despite the increase in the negativity around an individual's digital footprint in their research Azucar etl..(2018) in their paper noted that information obtained can be be usual, for instance, researchers have examined the relationship between personality traits and interaction patterns, emotions expressed in posts, interests, and other aspects of behaviour in social media profiles.With the rise of digital media consumption, research into personality traits across multiple platforms has become an increasingly vital area of study.As the use of social media continues to expand exponentially, researchers will continue to investigate the potential effects on personality health and well-being.With this information being useful in gathering data it could be essential to provide information to individuals to understand their data systems and empower them to control their own footprint.


 
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References



Azucar, D., Marengo, D. and Settanni, M., 2018. Predicting the Big 5 personality traits from digital footprints on social media: A meta-analysis. Personality and individual differences, 124, pp.150-159.


Hinds, J. and Joinson, A., 2019. Human and computer personality prediction from digital footprints. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(2), pp.204-211.


Buchanan, R., Southgate, E., Scevak, J. and Smith, S.P., 2018. Expert insights into education for positive digital footprint development. Scan: The Journal for Educators, 37, pp.49-64.



Smith, S and Watson, J 2014, ‘Virtually Me: A Toolbox about Online Self-Presentation’, in Poletti, A and Rak, J (eds.), Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, pp. 70-95

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