To be alive in 2018 is to exist in multiple contexts, each existence somewhat different from the others. By the nature of our online communities and platforms, we're restricted in how we express ourselves on each platform and with those restrictions come curation and targeting.
Most of the time we limit the interests we share based on our audience and the platform. You keep the family moments on Facebook, the funny musings on Twitter, and the think pieces on Medium. In some ways it's a reflection of real life, we tend to naturally represent ourselves differently based on who we're with and the setting. But is it the only option?
What if we shared everything, everywhere, in an attempt to paint a full portrait of ourselves wherever you go. We'd all know each other a lot better if we could see every side. In any story, you only truly empathise with fully realised characters. Characters with hopes, likes, fears, flaws, and desires are much more sympathetic than one-dimensional characters.
Maybe sharing everything, all the time could go some way to making us more sympathetic to each other? Or maybe compartmentalising who we are is just human nature and the inevitable state our social interactions will get to.