Many of us pay careful attention to the way we represent ourselves online. We only post the most perfectly-filtered Instagrams, the wittiest Tweets. We carefully select the emoji we use when chatting with our latest Bumble match, and agonize over the appropriate number of exclamation points for a business email, looking for the magic number that says “enthusiastic,” without tipping into “juvenile,” or “unprofessional.”
But as we practice restraint with strangers and acquaintances, are we inadvertently reshaping the way we communicate with our closest friends?
Read more in my essay for Milk about filters, social media, and filmmaking.