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Do you find it easier to be yourself online?

A new study for Safer Internet Day has found more than a third of young people find it easier to be themselves online than offline – and they aren’t alone in this phenomenon. 

As the internet becomes a larger fixture of modern life, many people report that they find it easier to express themselves and communicate with others online than it is to do so face to face.

People also rely on the internet to build their identities – nearly half of all young people surveyed said who they are online is an essential part of who they are offline.

Do you find it easier to be yourself online? Are you more direct with your opinions, or perhaps find it’s easier to communicate how you feel? And if so, is this a positive development, or a negative one? Share your views at Speakers Corner. 

 

Do you find it easier to be yourself online?

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viking
22nd Feb 2020
1
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Something that we shall never find out is how many of these offensive rants are made by drunk individuals who perhaps would not do such a thing when sober ??
ecarg
18th Feb 2020
2
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A thought just occurred to me ,how many people swear in face to face communication but refrain online.
Personally I do not swear so do not have to kerb my language but for those with colourful language being on line must give them time to choose their words more carefully .
Lionel
20th Feb 2020
1
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That's so true. I don't swear either so it's np real effort.
Munsterlander
15th Feb 2020
0
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At least we have freedom of speech. I like going on forums and expressing my views as I do going down the pub and doing the same.
Yodama
15th Feb 2020
3
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Maybe for shy people, the anonymity allows them to talk to people and reveal more than they ordinarily would.
Yes I do think a person could become bolder in reaching out.
RogerO
14th Feb 2020
2
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If you check what you have written before posting it will come out better than direct speaking because you have time to study what you are saying and do not get interrupted before you have finished.
Bald123
13th Feb 2020
2
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I can certainly speak my mind easier-everyone is so "woke" nowadays especially the youngsters and my 20s year old kids are included in that.
Wilf
13th Feb 2020
5
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Not really I find it easy to be myself full stop. I do enjoy being on Silversurtfers and also some newspapers I comment on and enjoy the company and banter
Tr1sh
13th Feb 2020
3
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Is it easier to be yourself online? Undoubtedly easier to be a more concise version of yourself so yes, I guess so.
ecarg
13th Feb 2020
5
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My immediate thought was that yes I am the same on and off line ,until I read the last sentence in Lionel's comment.
Being online does give time to consider your response ,not under the pressure of an immediate response as in phone or face to face
communications.
I do find I build up imaginary pictures of people and their personalities who have regularly contributed on silver surfers which is amusing but probably a long way from reality,
Lionel
12th Feb 2020
6
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This is a vey interesting question; it caused me to step back and look at myself online.

My only contact on line is through Silver Surfers and emailing friends around the world. The big advantage for all online contact is the opportunity to consider one's reply before committing to POST or SEND. The considered reply will almost always be a moderated thought, more reasoned and perhaps less wounding.

I'm T2 diabetic sometimes making me erratic or ill tempered. Written online communications buys me time to recover.

Yet the computer/phone/pad offers much more than time. Is anyone dyslexic, relying on the spell checker? Have an embarrassing speech or physical defect. Self consciousness social bucket of ice. Don't worry! No one knows.

Lastly, perhaps, online allows us to modify some less acceptable aspects of personality or opinions.

So, I would say we are ourselves, but often a more relaxed and confidence self than face to face or on a phone.

Surely that's a good thing for all.
bob scott
12th Feb 2020
5
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With my desktop computer I'm fine, but mobile or iPad I'm lost, I have arthritic hand joints and cannot move them at any great speed, with my desk top I can travel at my own speed, I do a lot of research work, poetry, write small stories of my own, email friends around the world. History of gardening from early Islamic times, Mediterranean though to European times, all at my own pace. Bob Scott.

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