what is your online personality?

@ayenacsi (911)
Philippines
January 8, 2009 9:30pm CST
I am just interested to know how much of your true self do you reveal to your online friends? When participating in discussions or other forums, do you feel much more confident about expressing yourself or restrain a part of yourself in fear of offending others? Do you think that you express yourself more freely online than in any other environment? In my case, I feel more confident and can say much more but I don't like it when I see others argue hotly over such trivial topics and sometimes serious topics. I would like to be a civil person online and offline. I like to think that I am the same person online and off.
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9 responses
9 Jan 09
I'm basically the same online as i a off. This site is a particularly good example of this, because as it revolves around discussion and opinion, it makes sense that you be yourself to fully offer your individual thoughts. I post passionately about topics that i connect with and give my honest opinions on the variety of subjects that interest me.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
With mylot I keep coming back and getting out as soon as I see a heated discussion. It's like I feel that I want to say something yet refrain myself from doing so cause in the physical world I hate confrontations and disagreements especially when people start name calling.
9 Jan 09
I understand, but due to the nature of online discussion i would imagine this pressure and concern you have would be less as there is no physical confrontation. The whole idea of a debate with on or offline is that people will have different opinions and whilst you may maintain your own opinion, it allows you to consider those of other people. I understand that people are passionate about certain topics, but whilst that passion can make it a bit heated, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and no individual has the right to force another's to change. I used to put a disclaimer in my forum signatures to say the comments were my own opinion and should not be considered a forceful judgement of any kind. With sites like this i have to assume people acknowledge the idea of a debate and accept that opinions will differ. If people become to heated, rude or obnoxious i will simply cease posting as its really not worth it hehe
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
That's just it, some people just can't take it when their opinions don't match with others. They will keep on pushing their point and won't make any effort to acknowledge that that is his own views or opinion and just accept it like that. Thanks for the input.
@conbill (369)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I believe that I am the same online and off. I have never had a hard time giving my opinions either way. If asked a question I will answer honestly without trying to offend anyone. It just is not my nature to be mean or offensive. Everyone has a right to their opinion wether I agree with them or not.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
It is just that I have seen a few heated arguments here, and a few got over the line and said things that in my opinion could have been avoided. I just never see myself saying down or looking down in any discussion so I try not to meddle in discussions that are turning bad.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 09
I guess I cannot be a good actress as I can't pretend to be who I am not. I am who I am in real or in virtual world. I bare my soul and heart when I write and that explains why I sometimes land myself in 'hot soup' for being honest in giving out my opinions.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
I admire it that you are able to express yourself freely and it doesn't matter that you get yourself in the 'hot soup' at least you were being truthful and that's just who you are.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 09
My online personality is the same as my real world personality. That is one of the reasons why most of the time my username is the same, or almost the same, as my real name. Even a completely different nick name has something to do with my personality. Someome wanting to know my pwrsonality will have to 'shadow' me at all the sites. This is because I do not show everything at any single site. My basic personality is the same, but there are certain traits which are shown at specific sites. Whatever, I am showing a lot on myLot. all the best, rosdimy
@amitksing (1324)
• India
9 Jan 09
I want to be the person I am, both on and off the net. But the thing is, while online, we mostly exhibit the good self in us. While when we interact with people face to face, we come to know about how actually the person is.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
Online if you really want to let yourself go and be spunky, you are more confident in expressing yourself. I feel that I am more confident online, it changes sometimes I feel that I can say anything in mind and not mind about how others will react. But here in mylot when I stumble onto heated discussions, I get put off and though I want to say my piece I try my best not to. It is fun to read the arguments though and see who has the last say.
• United States
9 Jan 09
I tend to say that I am pretty much the same... maybe a little bit more quite online but mostly becuz when I am online I am doing like 12 different things.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
There are lots of fun things to do online and when I do go online, I have a lot of tabs open. Sometimes I neglect some of my fave sites cause I keep coming back to mylot, reading more than posting. I am also trying out blogging, I started with a personal blog but I really didn't want to expose myself too much so I ended up with my own blog about the thing I love most and that is reading. I just started with it with my current book, the twilight saga. I have been reading about how to start your own blog and some advise that you blog about something that you are pasionnate about it and that you can talk about that subject like endless. And so I ended up with a books blog, nothing too personal, safe subject.
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
Hi ayenacsi, It really depends on the subject, there are times that I am for open in saying what is in my mind because most of the person here do not know me personally, and chances of seeing each other is very slim. Though I am honest and straight I still choose the words I say, if I feel like the response I would give would start a "flame" I would rather stop typing and go to other discussions.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
I don't have strictly online friends - I have real friends that I meet online, but I don't have online friends that I don't know in real life. On forums and blogs however, I don't think it's very much like the "me" in real world. I'm mostly more careful with my language in face to face conversations than when I rant and rave on my site. Also, I rarely speak english :D I prefer speaking in my native tongue (Filipino). Thanks for the response on my discussion!
@cambiste (1245)
• India
9 Feb 09
My personality is almost the same online and offline. But while I'm online i can check myself before i say something that will hurt another. Offline, that isn't possible, and i end up hurting a few with the bitter truth. Just like i have an identity offline, i have a identity online, and also many online friends to shape my personality. Most people online, say and do whatever they restrain in their real life - and i find this annoying. The identity cloaking that Internet gives to a user is usually abused by many. I feel, at one time we should log into internet with a user ID and password so that we learn to stick to the rules online as well. I know a few people who look and sound honest, but end up scamming many online just because they'll never be discovered. I said a few unnecessary things. Anyway, happy mylotting.