Being online and Anonymous, is it real?
I think there are many of us that find some safe place on the internet to discuss those things that we are not open about in real life. There is this idea that being online with a username that does not identify us gives us that chance to appreciate the hidden recesses of our minds and hearts. For example, I am quite open about my sexuality online. I feel safe discussing my sexual experiences with men and women, the limited cross-dressing I have done, and the implications my life has on my mental health. There is only one other place I have felt completely comfortable mentioning things and that has been in therapy; but even then, there are times that I have been reserved. Many of us feel safe discussing marriages, relationships, infidelities (for some), sexual desires and experiences. Some of us let out the demons that possess our minds, express our darkest thoughts, our most profound secrets. And all of this is done with respect to the anonymity we feel among strangers.
So, it made me wonder a few things, and I would like to open the discussion up to readers to explore this idea some:
- Do you take comfort in the anonymity of WordPress?
- Do you feel safe from fear of judgement?
- Are there some things you express here that you don’t express in real life?
- How anonymous do you think the internet really is?