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Online personas: Are you being true to yourself?

By Dominique Malone (White Station High School)

The idea of online versus in person has become an object of debate among many people in our society. Some people may argue that it is easier to talk to someone online and others may argue that it is simpler to talk to someone in person. The argument isn’t necessarily between which is easier, but which is simpler for the person doing the activity.

The more sociable person would obviously argue that it is easier to express more of your emotions in person than behind a message board because nothing beats the real thing. Talking face to face is something that fundamentally cannot be replaced because when you have a conversation face to face you have the ability to garner an experience unlike any other. You gain insight into the person standing before you, all the spoken and unspoken gestures that they hold and they choose to share with you by choosing to interact with you. Yes, this may seem easy to do for some people, but like everything you do in life there is a different experience for different people.

The introvert would argue that it can be difficult to speak to someone in person because they lack that spark to want to engage with others while initiating it themselves. They don’t see approaching others in the same way that the extrovert does and that is where the confusion comes into play. It is easier for this group of people to engage in conversations via the Internet because they can become any person they want online. The whole ideology of social media supports this point by allowing any and every person to do as they please online and the ability to create and portray the idea of who they wish to be seen as, even if this alters from reality.

Moreover, it is simple to see how someone could feel more comfortable talking online because you can engage with anyone without him or her being able to see your true self. They don’t see your facial features if you say something embarrassing; on the other hand, they aren’t able to see unique things you do when you express something. The whole idea of hiding behind a computer is beneficial and a burden all in itself. Yes, it may sometimes be easier to have conversations via electronics if you are busy and don’t have time to talk or if you need to send a quick message. But, the overall feeling of getting to know someone personally by looking at them and engaging in all they have to offer is what you lose when you sit behind a computer and hide behind an online persona.

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This entry was posted on April 9, 2015 by in Features, Opinion and tagged , , , , , .

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