Introduction: What is the Difference Between 3rd & 1st Person?
Just imagine reading a book from the eyes of the main character, like the famous Harry Potter series. You’d feel like you were Harry. But what if you switched to the 2nd person point of view? Suddenly, you’d feel like you were Voldemort! This is the idea behind Third Person Omniscient point of view, where the reader can jump from any character to another. 1st Person point of view is a different story. It’s where the reader jumps through a lens and experiences everything about one character. This can get tricky sometimes. For the most part, this is how you know the difference between a third person and first person narrative. But it’s easier to understand since there is no confusion!
Now, let’s say that you have a character whose name is John Doe. He lives in an apartment building with his friend Tom Smith. One day, Tom goes for a walk on the street and meets another friend named Mary Smith. Mary invites him over to visit her apartment. After they have tea, John and Mary start to get intimate. The author uses this scene to tell the reader about John and Mary’s life. This is a first person narrative. But there’s another way to write this story from the eyes of John Doe:
How 1st Person Taking Over Social Media
The first person point of view has taken over social media, as well as other things. When people send messages to their friends and family, they use the first-person point of view. When they go online to comment in forums, they use the first-person point of view. When they talk about their favorite TV shows and movies, they use the first-person point of view.
That is a powerful tool. It allows people to tell their stories, and it lets the listener know what they are feeling. A story told using the first-person point of view is more likely to be believed and remembered.
What happens when that method of storytelling takes over the world of social media? Will people believe their Facebook feed and literally believe that their friend’s account had a dinosaur pet?
The word ‘dinosaur’ appeared 886 times on Twitter today http://t.co/KjwGJfVB #fb — Tracking Social (@trackingsocial) August 12, 2012
With the amount of personal information that goes up on social media sites, people are more likely to believe what they see on Facebook and Twitter. It is literally being taken over by the first-person point of view.
All you have to do is look at the Social Media Today website to see that the first-person point of view is taking over. The search bar on the website led me to a page about how to take over social media. The introduction of the article read:
3 Reasons Why You Should Start Writing in First Person TODAY
What opportunities? Check out these 3 reasons why you should start writing in the first person today:
1. It’s easier to get into character
If you want to suck your reader into the scene, then using first person will help you do so! Readers feel like they are part of the story when they read in first person, because that’s how they experience things. Regardless of the genre, writing in first person will give your readers a momentary glimpse into what it might be like to live through an event in your story.
2. Your writing will sound more authentic