Do you present yourself differently online than in real life?

United States
November 2, 2008 12:30pm CST
I am just wondering if you feel that the person you are online, in a forum such as this one is the same person your friends and family in real life see? For myself, I am a bit shy and introverted in real life, and have trouble in some larger groups, but here online I find it easier to talk and share my feelings. As for my personality, I think I am not moch different online than off..my interests are obviously the same, whay I enjoy doing and talking about are the same. Just somehow it is easier here. Lately thiugh, I have found myself in real life social situations where I am more comfortable, and interact more. I am not sure if having what I say "accepted" online, and being able to speak up for my self here is helping me or what. I do know that amoung real life friends and family I may project diferent images, depending on who I am with. But it is all still a part of me.
3 responses
• United States
2 Nov 08
I think I'm a lot more sociable online. I mean, I believe the same things and am nice and such in both real and online life, but I express myself a lot better here. My words come out the way I want them to, without mistakes... and I don't have to think of what to reply on the spot. I talk to a lot of people online that I know in real life, and I think that way, they learn a lot more about me. I feel a lot more comfortable chatting online more than the phone also. Really, a lot more is learned about me online I think - personality and wit wise.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
2 Nov 08
No, not at all. I am friendly and nice in real life and I am just the same even on the internet. I don't think I needed to pretend something I am not especially on the internet. I have no reason to do it. I am what I am and I won't change anything. I speak my mind when I want to and I usually don't wanna argue.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
2 Nov 08
No, I speak my mind online and off. No difference in person or personality. IMO if you try and fake who you really are just because you think nobody sees you, nobody knows, ...you'll be found out eventually. You'll lose credibility, even in your own mind. It's a blow to your ego so to speak. I mean, what would you fake.. most people would try and be the person they desire to be. But since you are not that person and people find out, well that'll just show you even more that you are not that person... As to you, I think it's just part of the growing process to eventually feel more comfortable as an adult in social situations. I was incredibly shy and introverted in my teens and didn't outgrow it well into my thirties. But with practice I outgrew it so to speak. For you the online environment helps you 'practice' and formulate and organize your thought process. That makes real life situations easier as well.