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Originally posted by Spiramirabilis
reply to post by The_Alarmist2012
true to your word - you have no profile
can I ask you an honest question then?
what are you after exactly?
Originally posted by Spiramirabilis
and I'll tell you one thing about the me here that is different from the flesh and blood me outside - I write better than I speak
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I think I write better than I speak as well. Mostly because I am a very deliberate thinker. (Read: slow but thorough)
Yes, for the above reasons.
is the internet inherently beneficial to your particular nature or skill set.
Originally posted by The_Alarmist2012
How many of you would step forward in a group of people, friends, peers or coworkers and freely express your thoughts or views on the topics you get involved in here at ATS?
Are you the same YOU here at ATS that you are in the real world?
Can you answer the above honestly?
How many of you have or would actually share everything you do here at ATS with your family and friends?
Is it possible for a person to have two completely different personalities, one that exists only online here and the other in the real world?
From a psychological aspect, is it healthy to have an outlet for an alter-ego who is not as reserved, one that can say and do things the other will not?
Do any of you have alternate user accounts which you use to express other things you would not with a primary user account?
It's well known that people say and do things in cyberspace that they wouldn't ordinarily say or do in the face-to-face world. They loosen up, feel more uninhibited, express themselves more openly. Researchers call this the "disinhibition effect." It's a double-edged sword. Sometimes people share very personal things about themselves. They reveal secret emotions, fears, wishes. Or they show unusual acts of kindness and generosity. We may call this benign disinhibition.
On the other hand, the disinhibition effect may not be so benign. Out spills rude language and harsh criticisms, anger, hatred, even threats. Or people explore the dark underworld of the internet, places of pornography and violence, places they would never visit in the real world. We might call this toxic disinhibition.
The disinhibition effect is not the only factor that determines how much people open up or act out in cyberspace. The strength of underlying feelings, needs, and drive level has a big influence on how people behave. Personalities also vary greatly in the strength of defense mechanisms and tendencies towards inhibition or expression. People with histrionic styles tend to be very open and emotional. Compulsive people are more restrained. The online disinhibition effect will interact with these personality variables, in some cases resulting in a small deviation from the person's baseline (offline) behavior, while in other cases causing dramatic changes.
Originally posted by woodwytch
I found Ashley D's post very interesting ... about being 'very meek' in the outerworld. I think that's what is so great about a site like this, as it gives a voice to those who might otherwise stay quiet. In my experience people like 'Ashley' usually have some extemely interesting / useful things to say (under their cloak of anonymity), because they have absorbed more about their surrounding ... rather than diving in headfirst with some half-assed idea.