If your virtual self met your IRL self, would they know each other?
Personally? I hate that question. I tend to show a much prettier picture online than in real life (avatar and mood!). I’m not a fan of gripers so I tend to turn the other way. IRL, I’m held accountable for who I really am and what I look like.
Years ago, a friend of mine was doing the online dating thing and had an unfortunate experience with a guy who misrepresented himself. She said, “He actually seemed like a pretty nice guy but because he showed a picture 10 years old and presented himself online as someone he wasn’t, I didn’t trust him or his motives.”
I’ve seen people take “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” to a whole new meaning. We’re human…we make mistakes…we fly off the handle…we deal with sadness…we even get nasty sometimes. Obviously it’s not healthy to stay in any of those pockets for too long, and spouting off behind the safety of our monitor is never a wise choice, but real is – is real does.
I’d like to share my challenge with you. This week, try being as truthful online as you are IRL. Doing it consistently can be difficult especially if that habit has already been etched into place, but I still want to encourage you. Maybe you can find someone to partner up with and hold each other accountable for this new online persona. What a great direction to start heading!
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. – Martin Luther King Jr.
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