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Thread: Internet vs. In Person

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    Internet vs. In Person

    I've made online friends before and met them in person, and there is a stark contrast between the way they talk to people online and the way they talk to them in person.

    A lot of people say things online that they would never dare say in person because there is anonymity on the internet. So I'm curious to see how people vote here.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    I feel that when I type, I can take more time to gather my thoughts so that my responses are well thought-out. My speech is probably more impulsive and emotional IRL.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I've made online friends before and met them in person, and there is a stark contrast between the way they talk to people online and the way they talk to them in person.

    A lot of people say things online that they would never dare say in person because there is anonymity on the internet. So I'm curious to see how people vote here.
    God question. I "sort of" talk the way I would in person only with regards to people here that I like, or that I debate respectfully. I would talk to you (at least so far) or CC or catz or a ton of others with the sarcasm and negative sounding funny things in person, no question. I feel like I could easily be friends with many people here. I would never talk to people that I insult "for real" as I have been, because once I establish that they are as stupid as I think that they are, or as obtuse, or partisan or whatever... I simply don't interact with them AT ALL. There are people like that in our real lives, at work, and I am never rude, I just smile, say hi and excuse myself from them and move onto to people our things that are enjoyable. I don't waste time in the negative, in RL, like I do here in the Basement, for instance.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I've made online friends before and met them in person, and there is a stark contrast between the way they talk to people online and the way they talk to them in person.

    A lot of people say things online that they would never dare say in person because there is anonymity on the internet. So I'm curious to see how people vote here.
    I try to use my own voice. I also know that nobody can see my twinkling eyes or the smile I'm wearing....so sometimes I try to put that into words. You know, words I wouldn't have to use if I were talking face-to-face. I use a lot of bold fonts and underlines because we don't talk in a flat tone...we emphasize certain words. If I hear me emphasizing the word in my head...I'll emphasize it in my post. I think it makes what I'm saying clearer.

    I'm probably bolder on this forum than I'd be in real life. Nah. Not probably, I'm sure I am. I'd be more circumspect with my opinions in person. But, then, we're on a debate site -- and debating calls for strong opinions -- so I really don't see anything wrong with that.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    I try to be polite and am mostly quiet with strangers, in person.
    I like to observe people and get to know who they are, before I reveal myself to them.
    If I chose to.

    When it comes to politics, I typically refuse to discuss it with others in person.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    I tend to be pretty direct, so I think it's safe to say that if someone said to my face the kinds of things that get said to me here, I'd respond in person pretty much the same way I do here.

    My rule, generally speaking, is not to be rude to strangers until they open that door and make politeness either impossible or impractical.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    I think I'm pretty much the same person. Only difference is I usually don't debate things I'm not very informed on in person, while online I can just look things up.
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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    I don't call people names online, and I don't do it in person... The only time I get nasty online is when somebody is acting like an idiot, being rude to me, won't admit they are wrong, etc. and it just really aggregates me. I do get annoyed at people in real life when they act unreasonably stupid too. The only difference is, in real life, I don't argue with those people as much.

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    Re: Internet vs. In Person

    Sort of. My responses in an online debate tend to be more cogent and well-reasoned than in a real-life argument, because I have time to compose my thoughts before sharing them. I also tend to be more rude to people that are rude to me or just flat-out idiotic online. Whereas in real life, I would most likely just avoid interaction with them as much as possible, I tend not to do so online.
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