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Are You Your Real Self Online or Offline?
I read an article (on The Guardian about The Red Pill on Reddit) and it posed the question - Are you your real self online or offline?

It can be hard to say sometimes.
If there is something about your identity that you don't want everyone to know, maybe you hide it in real life and are more open about it online with strangers. For me, that would be my lack of religious beliefs.

Or, in contrast, social media is great for carefully crafting an image that you want the world to believe in but isn't necessarily true- #besthusbandever #my_kids_are_so_intelligent #blessed and all the other ridiculousness on social media.

I would like to think there isn't much dissonance between my online and offline selves but it's an interesting question to think about.

How do your online and offline selves compare?

En la boca cerrada no entran moscas.
Pretty much. People I work with know me, I've known my boss for over ten years. My friends all know who I am and my interests. They might not know personal things like being a member of a site like this, very few know. I often feel some people online confuse who I am with when I have certain responsibilities. They seem to see that and nothing else. I have a hard time hiding who I am for very long. I don't think there's a site I've been on that I could keep who I am hidden for long. When it comes to someone new it can take me awhile to open up around them. What I've learned over my many years is that being yourself is better than being someone else, in real life of online. I found my friends liked me more when I was myself and wasn't trying to hide the real me from them. So I just try to be myself online too, the real me.
Sickos never scare me. Least they're committed.  
Never Give Up!  Never Surrender!

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I wish my online and offline selves could switch places.

When I'm on the internet, I am free to fully express myself without being secretive and I can be a very friendly guy that talks A LOT, very expressively too. I demonstrate that I'm very open-minded, witty and fun to chat with, it's actually a bit rare to meet someone who doesn't enjoy being with me (unless if we have completely different interests of course). Not to mention, since no one can see my face here, everyone can imagine me however they imagine a handsome 26-year-old man. =)

It's totally the opposite when in the real world though. =( Those who've befriended me online would feel extremely disappointing when seeing me offline, they'd see how boring, lifeless and unattractive I am. I completely keep my thoughts and opinions to myself too, I barely speak and whenever I do, I only worry of anyone not noticing my bad breath. Oh what a world, what a world, maybe that's the reason I play lots of video games, wishing I could be like the playable characters.

Which one's the real me though? It's what you do in real life what counts, so I'm gonna say that my online persona is not my real self.
I remember that a few years into having permanent internet access at home and getting into the world wide web thing, I felt that I had created a total dissonance between my online and offline self. I really didn't know who was the real me. I was extremely shy back in school, but my online self was quite expressive and the amount of emojis I used still sends shivers down my spine.

It has gotten better with time, the personalities have merged as my true self has solidified with the coming-of-age. I wasn't covering up much anymore, stopped being afraid of myself and others. Doesn't mean I've gotten very open and accessible though, because I learned the bad sides of mankind the hard way. But most importantly I stopped desperately longing for the acceptance of others by acting how they'd like me to. You don't have to go full disclosure, but it's better to honest with yourself and others when push comes to shove.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I go...
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(04-16-2016, 11:20 AM)SofiasMami Wrote: If there is something about your identity that you don't want everyone to know, maybe you hide it in real life and are more open about it online with strangers.

How do your online and offline selves compare?

I'd say the way I present myself online is pretty similar to how I am offline, for the most part. There's a couple differences though.

I was a member of another forum once, and it dealt a lot with topics such as lifestyle design, travel, philosophy, creativity, art, music, aliens, and stuff like that which I don't mind others knowing about. However, that site also covered topics such as psychedelic use, and that's not really something I feel the need to tell everyone about.

The other difference is that I talk about my struggles in the dating world online more. Again, it's not something I can really tell people about in the offline world. I would feel weird telling my family or friends about my desires, worries, and frustrations, and just how much time I spend trying to figure out how to be attractive. Also, since I've had such a hard time, I wouldn't want to bring anyone down with my complaining. I don't want to bring anyone down with it online either, but often times when I talk about this stuff online, I am venting to no one in particular. I talk about it online because I have nowhere else to say it, and I don't want to keep it bottled up inside.

Other than those two things though, I'm pretty much the same as I would be if you met me offline.
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There are many facets of my online persona that I think are opaque in my offline persona. In the real world I think I'm regarded as being too serious and taking things too hard and I don't think people see that I actually have a sophisticated sense of humour or that I've endured things that nobody should have to.

There are so many cognitive dissonances to our identities, so many sides to us: parent, child, sibling, friend, lover, spouse... I'm not sure if the true self lies beyond all of that or is the sum of all that. Identity is such a contradictory thing. I often wonder how well anyone can truly know us.
And blood-black nothingness began to spin
A system of cells interlinked within
Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played.
No, I'm not. So far I've divided myself due to my inner struggle. Ironically I like my online persona more in many aspects; such the ability to vent and express myself more honestly about topics and difficult questions. My hidden frustration can be seen online, what I really think and how I really feel on the inside. This has lead to many people to call me bitter and negative, while in person I'm very much a fun person. I'm sincerely nice and easy going in real life and people like me a lot. I've noticed they like my company well enough to miss me and don't like when I leave. I don't know if it has to do with how any person deals with solitude, but I like to think that I'm irreplaceable; when I'm probably not. I honestly don't care to show my face since all this places are far away from my territory. So far I haven't even meet people of my own continent online; let alone my country who could recognize me. I'm sure many of my opinions will look shocking to them and think they don't really know me. And as strange at it sounds, I'm sure people here in this site will like me a lot more in person and people who know me in person would like me less if they knew my online persona
Loneliness of spirit is discovered in our depths.
Sometimes, when we least expect it, loneliness freezes us.
Or perhaps it feels like the bottom dropping out of our being.
We feel incomplete, as if something important is missing.
We feel shaky and insecure inside, weak and 'clingy'.
Sometimes this gnawing deficiency makes us want to 'devour' others
—to get as much of them as possible,
to complete our egos by possessing them.
Or we might seek to be supported and protected by others.
I find it easier to speak my mind online. The nature of Internet communication allows me plenty of time for thought organization and properly crafting a post. Not having to look anyone in the eye helps as well Wink. Usually I don't share opinions or speak out offline. The "right thing to say" doesn't appear to me until the conversation has long passed. Whenever I have attempted this in public, it never went the way I had hoped.
When I first coming online to places like this? Online was definitely more me. It has, however, spilled out into real life.
None of these. I am nowhere my true self. Here or there, I am afraid that people will get bored of me, willl hate me, or will make fun of me. I cant connect deeply with people. But I have found a few great people here, whom I reveal my true self. But I have the same fear there. I have tried to express my perspective here, but misunderstood everytime. So I prefer to supress and hide myself.
So overall, I am fake online and offline.

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