We all have multiple roles in our lives and, although we may not consciously do so, we all wear different masks in our different roles. Mother, wife, friend, artist, teacher, citizen. And those are just my major roles, what are yours?
Our 'masks' may include wearing specific clothes, moderating our language, being more visibly upbeat or serious. We may have to suppress our emotions, passively agree with views we don't share. All of which makes the wearing of masks sound very negative. But those masks give structure to our interactions with others. They are defined by the societies we live in.
And now we have emojis. An online mask that we can wear with a single click!