Instead of being afraid of Yik Yak, campus professionals should embrace it as not only a way for young people to explore creativity and develop their identities, but also as a way for professionals to learn more about the campus environment through students’ eyes (1).
It’s plain to see the advantages that an anonymous space provides to the people that use it. As the Wired article highlights, this anonymous space promotes chances to explore other’s thought processes as it relates to their identity without your physical identity being tied to them. As for misrepresenting yourself online, it isn’t always a bad thing. This can include altering your real name to hide who you are or expressing an idea you don’t believe in. Changing your name most likely isn’t a malicious thing, but merely for the user’s security. Also, being able to express an idea you haven’t explored yet allows one to try on a different identity, which could play an imperative part in helping an individual sort out which aspects of other identities should be included in their own. Thus, skewing your own identity can help build it.