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    Are you the same person in real life?

    I thought about this a little bit tonight. Since like a lot of people here I spend plenty of time online, I thought about how I represent myself on these forums and elsewhere. The reality is, I'm quite different in person. Online I'm much more outspoken and offline I have a tendency to keep to myself. I've heard a few people say that you should act as you do in real life on the internet.

    I do get the feeling a lot of people would act different online. So, which is the fake personality, then? The online personality, or the offline personality? Are we lying to ourselves by acting differently online with a false sense of power that using a computer gives us, or is our online personality the genuine one, unrestrained by any form of anxiety?

    So, what about you?

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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    You know Mantis, you actually make a really excellent point. To be honest, I don't know how to answer that question.

    I would like to think that how I interpret and portray myself in everyday life outside of the internet is really me. But I never tell anybody about my views on this show and how it has actually changed my life in many ways. And when I tell you guys/girls anything on this site, I try to be the most truthful that I could possibly be; however, I also tend to not be so hot-headed and impatient here than in real life. So like you said about you being outspoken here and shy in real life I think really does question who we are and if we are actually that person on the computer telling others of what we like and how we really feel, or if we are really that kid who shys away from large groups and tends to not get involved with a lot of things.

    Personally, I see myself as more of the offline person, and that is ONLY because if I did find someone that I could talk to truthfully about this show and how I feel about certain things without scrutiny, I would be more level headed and calmer. I think it really also depends on the lifestyle and way you interact with others and finding the right people who that you can talk to.

    Hopefully that helps somewhat answer your question
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    I can't say I've ever had this thought occur to me, but here goes nothing.

    If anything I am more talkative in person (if with the right people), but then that's because I'm not staring at a screen with my concentration set on creating whatever stupid videogame deathtrap it is I've just thought up.

    Online, I am probably more polite; this is because it's easier to discard people that piss me off for even the most trivial reason, and as such I only talk to people that I find are worth talking to.

    The problem with 'offline reality' is that there are so many people that just aren't worth it, so I end up just sitting there staring blankly, giving short answers or awkward comments to these people (or even going so far as to completely ignore them and talk to someone else) while waiting for the building to explode or something.

    At the same time though, I probably come across as a complete bastard online too.

    Oh well, you can't win them all.
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    I don't see that having a different personality online than offline would mean that one of them has to be fake. Hell, I don't really see it as that much as a different personality.

    For me, I'm a lot more jokey, outspoken, confident and relaxed online. As soon as I'm in an real life setting I clam up and become awkward. i can warm up to someone a lot quicker online than offline, but when I warm up to someone offline, I act pretty much the same as online. I'm also insecure, but that's online and offline lol, I just hide it with humour online ;p

    I use to be like my online "personality" in real life, then my friends told me that if I didn't stop being 'silly' and if I didn't stop liking the things they didn't like they wouldn't speak to me. Which was empathized by the fact that they completely blanked me for about two weeks. I was 10. Two weeks is a long time when you're 10.

    Safe to say, i lost all my confidence, and felt that I was a weird freaky person because I liked something different and that no-one would like me.

    However, when we got the internet I started talking to other people, with a range of different likes and dislikes. So, naturally, you bump into people who have the same interests. I felt like I could actually talk about things I wanted to talk about and about things I liked. So on the net I kept my confidence, humour, etc so met new people really quickly. They didn't reject me like my "friends" so... Yeah...

    Pretty much, I stopped socialising in the outside world to non-related people. I can only recall one person who I shared a lot of my interests in - and I'm still friends with her to this day. I live in a county which is considered backwards and slow, and is pretty solid with it's closed-mindedness. I still have problems with people of all ages being tw*ts because of what I like and don't, but I'm not effected by it.

    It's a bit sad that I'm still kinda effected with what happened, but I'm so nervous about meeting new people because I don't want to be disliked (which is stupid)... I dunno really lol.

    My personality is the same online and offline, it's just I'm kinda scared of "reallife" people and meeting new people face to face as I don't have the same confidence as I once did. Also, I'm aware that if someone online doesn't like me or vice versa it's not that important... I'm not likely to meet them after all...

    So yeah... There's a rather useless rant to answer your question. My personality isn't different, just my level of confidence.
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    Yes... and no.

    Typically, I am online as I a offline - say whatever springs into mind. But that's ahrer online, as it requires typing it all out, and will probably make more sense as I don't start one sentence whilst in the middle of another.

    But thats not to say I don't have other 'voices' in me. I have multiple accounts which I use all around - each having their own personality. Each say their own things, and have different ways of putting things across - Its just how I work (You
    'll be surprised how much a slight appearnace change can effect someone).

    ...and yes, I am completely sane.
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    What you read is what you get.

    My virtual and living persona differ only in name.
    Tis why I write posts this way.
    It's in the form I use in conversation.

    I guess I want to be accepted for myself in both realms.
    If I was another person online, and you liked that person,
    does that mean you wouldn't like me in real life?

    That's all I got for ya.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    I think it also varies on the different medium we use for communication.

    For example, on these forums we can come back or ignore a conversation or reply from someone if we really wanted to. Meaning that if there is something we dislike or not sure how to answer it, we retrack back to it later on. We can also neglect human emotion because we aren't actually face to face with the individual and with that said, we are more inclined to freely express our emotions online than in real life because there isn't that much scrutiny or consequences online than there is in person. (Example: people trash talking in Online Games). Plus, we don't have emotions coming out of our sentences unless we actually tell how we feel. It's like trying to pick up sarcasm over text, sometimes you can get it, sometimes you wonder if the other person is kidding or actually serious.

    So even if you see yourself as the same person in real life as here, you can't help but agree that there are more certain "freedoms" to express yourself on here than there is in real life. But with that said, we choose to say what we want to say and for the most part, everything on this site has all been good so I can't say that people have abused that ability but I can't also say that they wouldn't if they had the choice to.

    I don't know, going off on a tangent but I think it always depends. Even the slightest change of our personality on these forums is still a difference. Not speaking for anyone here but myself so don't think I am mocking/contradicting/arguing your statements.
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    well Mantis, i can agree with you on this..
    i believe it is because of the idea of being anonymous. Our identity is kept from others and they will never know who we are or where we are from (unless we reveal that). Thus making it easy for one to be as outspoken as we want.

    do we act as ourselves when we are online... maybe. I say that because it depends on the individual.
    for me i sometimes act the way i do online.. i choose to do that so i can (try at least) project my tone and personality.. which is hard in text.
    but i can say i am liberally thinking yet conservative at the same times (if that makes sense?).. an that can be seen in my posts..

    i hope my point got across
    so if that does not make sense.. send me an message..
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    This is probably one of the more important topics that can really get in touch with your inner psychology. This "differing personality" schema isn't just restricted to the Internet; like what madmanmark above me said, it's the feeling of being anonymous that gives you the chance of acting totally different than how you do in real life. Some act more true to themselves, some act less true to themselves, and others are kind of in between.

    To be totally honest, I feel like I fall within the former category. I act pretty much the same on the Internet as I do in real life in terms of maturity and intellectual competence, but there are some limitations I have in the real world that I don't have here. The first one is that in this particular environment, I have as much time as I need to convey my opinions and fine-tune them to make them look and sound good. In the real world, there's always this itching feeling I get that someone's going to interrupt me mid-sentence or stomp out my opinion like it doesn't matter. Either that, or they take my personality into account - I consider myself to be smart and confident in what I say, but the problem is that I'm laid-back (almost to a fault) and not very opinion-sensitive, so unless someone else's opinion highly contradicts mine, I accept it as what it is and not fuss about it.

    My friendliness is about the same on and off-line, but I'm kind of turned off by small-talk at times, depending on the subject matter. I'm not too stingy about it, but if there's something being said in conversation that I really don't care about, it might be obvious in my face. I have no problem meeting people and making friends in most situations, but the conversations shared have to be worthwhile.

    As a whole, I feel I am more true to myself online because I feel like I can express myself more thoroughly (and definitely more freely) than I can in the real world. It's a lot of give and take, too; since I feel like I can get away with not being so analytical and opinionated, I tend to joke around a bit more and be more carefree in real life, but after a while, talking to people every day makes me a little bit into an introvert sometimes; I'm not one of those people who thrive on being around people 24/7. However, this allows me to delve into the Internet, relax and recharge, say what's on my mind either on Facebook or on here, then go back out into the real world nice and fresh. It's a therapeutic recipe.
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    RE: Are you the same person in real life?

    I'm mostly the same online as I am offline. Though I'm a little less talkative in reality, though there's been a time when I was completely different. Barely spoke to anyone in reality back then. xD
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