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msjules msjules 31-35, F 13 Answers Mar 5, 2012

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There are no social anxieties or insecurity issues on the internet. You can have a port wine birth mark the size of your entire body, have an avatar that looks like Tinkerbell, and no one has to know. You could have a major speech impediment, but your hands don't stutter. You could be an albino burned victim with multiple personality disorder, and who'd know? Until you met someone in person...

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Perfectly said.

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Maybe we only really like the idea of other people.<br />
At the store, or anywhere else, other people are more real then we want them to be. For a variety of reasons.

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Because there is a block option in case u made a mistake.

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Because it is easierto avoid annoying people online.<br />
And it is easier to dismiss or delete a comment you disagree with.<br />
Nobody can prejudge you on your appearance or age unless you post a photo or your real age.<br />
With the relative anonymity you can share things that you may feel uncomfortable sharing with people you actually know.<br />
And in my case I can actually find people I have things in common with online.<br />
In all my years I have found only 1 person close to that offline.

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because you do not have to face their eyes

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You have the distance and the ability to instantly leave the site.

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So true. People wouldn't even give you the time of day to get to now you.

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eye contact. You can view you soul through your eyes.

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Because rejection really doesn't hurt on the internet. However, if you approach someone in person and they aren't having it then it gets rather awkward.

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because those on the internet came here basically to talk and be talken to and so normal to socialize with, their door of connectivity seems open, but those in the store are nearly most of in a hurry to shop for their items and just leave! Their door seems to be closed!

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When discussing things on the internet, you can be anonymous. You can state your opinions and not have to worry about running in to the person again. You do not have to worry about what their facial ex<x>pressions would reveal about what you said. You do not have to worry as much about judgement ba<x>sed on looks, voice, the way you are dressed, etc. On the internet you can be who you really are, or, if you would rather, you can be your alter ego. The only thing I am not sure people realize is when they are reading the words on the screen, they may not be reading them as they were actually meant. If emphasis are place on a different word when read than the person writing it meant for it to be read, the whole meaning may be different. It is like many people reading the same book. They all read the same words on every page, but many interpret the words and the book differently.

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