A human connection begins online when someone can believe you are real.
I get it, I do. I understand that in a way hiding behind an avatar is a bit of a safety net and posting a true picture of yourself may leave you a bit vulnerable.
As a female, in the 90â€™s that is all I did, never would I ever think a day would come that I would feel comfortable enough to show my true identity, since back then the Internet was â€œevilâ€ and completely â€œunsafeâ€ and since I was just a youngster, an avatar was and still is ideal.
However, it seems that other adults have yet to transition into using their real identities when socializing online and besides the security factor; I am unsure why that is.
Obviously not only have we aged, but so has the Internet and it has developed into a socialized forum for others to communicate and connect. That doesnâ€™t mean we lose our logic and common sense, but perhaps peel back a layer and share who we are?
Those who use avatars usually do not share any other photos of themselves and some even go as far as not using a proper name. I am not judging I am simply trying to understand why we are still acting like we are in the 90â€™s when it is 2012?
The Internet will always have â€œevilâ€ and some places and people will remain â€œunsafeâ€ but doesnâ€™t that just sound like life? We donâ€™t go around wearing masks to prevent others from knowing our true identity.
Therefore I ask when others who use social networks that have been built to connect and build relationships, why are we then still hiding behind avatars?
Erin Ryan is a writer for various blogs and a Social Media Promotional Director who has a keen understanding of the power of Social Media for business and fervently stays up-to-date with the Social Media Industry. Erin enjoys teaching and helping people and businesses on how to use and connect through Social Media. You can connect with Erin on Twitter.
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