Things I’ve learned while talking to people on the Internet:
- It’s easy. You can say anything you want. You can be spontaneous, honest and impulsive. Just type your thoughts and hit “send.” Done.
It’s hard. Yes, you can say anything you want and be spontaneous as all heck. You can regurgitate your unedited thoughts into the ether, where chances are you will look like a shallow cretin, a socially inept misfit or a troll.
Be yourself. Be authentic. The temptation to show the world a shinier persona is great, but you will end up revealing yourself eventually.
One small example: In real life, I cannot tell a joke.
I am not funny. When I try, I end up laughing at the joke myself (so not cool) or watching it fall to the ground with a painful thud. The same thing happens when I try to be funny online.
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