The Presentation Of Self As A Good Impression Really Changed Much Over The Years?

788 Words Nov 14th, 2014 4 Pages
Lights! Camera! Action! Everyday? Have you ever felt as though you were expected to act a certain way in public or around certain people? Some sociologists believe in a theory known as the "presentation of self" theory, which states that people act certain ways to control how they are presented in society or to a specific group of people. When considering this theory, one can apply to today 's society easily. With the internet at an all time high, social media websites have made it even easier to control who sees what we do and how we do it, it is almost impossible to deny that the previous mentioned theory does stand in today 's society. The question that is then put before us is, how exactly can one link a book written in the late fifties to Facebook in 2014 and has the importance of always making a good impression really changed much over the years? In 1959, Erving Goffman wrote a book called The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. This book is about his theory on dramaturgical framework and social interaction among people in everyday life. He had an interesting theory that humans "perform" in their day to day life. Goffman believed that an individual 's personality is created by their interactions with other people in their everyday life. He said that people live their lives as if they are an actor and the public world is their stage. With that being said, all other people around them are the audience and time spent alone would be seen as time spent…

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