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Post Reply I'm a different person, IRL. How about you?
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I'm sure many of you have seen that I am a fairly opinionated person, here on the forums. There are plenty of you who disagree with a lot of things I have to say. It's nothing personal, and I'm not going to dislike you simply because you disagree.

I'm weird though, because the only place I'm really opinionated is on forums. I keep it out of my friendships, off my Facebook page, and away from my personal life. I just don't want to create that kind of relationship with people in person, so I avoid getting into any discussion that may cause hard feelings.

So, I guess it all comes out here. Maybe I'm trying to fulfill some need I don't meet irl? Sorry about that, hehe.

Is anyone else like that? I know some people even avoid debates on the forums, or simply do not have anything they feel that strongly about. I'm curious as to whether or not some of the other opinionated folks on here keep it out of their personal life.

I guess this can be expanded to say: Is who you are here a bit different than the real life you? And if so, how so?
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One thing Iv learned in life is we are all sort of weird. Personally I think I am stranger than most. But I think I am about the same in real life as I am on forums. I avoid topics I know that may get too heated, other times I will say what I think of it. I guess it depends on the topic.
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It is true, I will say much more on a forum than what I will IRL. I had some pretty good talks with friends, but will never debate opinions with people, other than with good friends, if my real name is involved.

That's partially because I have to keep a good image of myself.
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I'm more open to joining in with debates on the internet, but that's because I can pick and choose to join in with them when I feel like it, and I don't have to conjure up everything on the spot, I have time to think my points through. A debate in person can come up at any moment and as such I often disagree less because it saves me hassle when I don't feel like getting caught up in a lengthy, exhausting argument. I think most people are different on the internet; anonymity and various other factors can do that to people, it's just the way of the beast.
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yes im more weird irl way more weird
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I'm pretty much exactly the same person no matter where I am or who I'm with. I hate when people feel like they have to put on a mask or sensor themselves in order to be accepted. I all for people changing, but it should be a change of person, not circumstance. So yah, I'm the same online as in real life.

It's probably the reason I'm still single...
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I hide who i really am IRL.

It's only online i get to be who i really am
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MightyMidgit wrote:

I'm pretty much exactly the same person no matter where I am or who I'm with. I hate when people feel like they have to put on a mask or sensor themselves in order to be accepted. I all for people changing, but it should be a change of person, not circumstance. So yah, I'm the same online as in real life.

It's probably the reason I'm still single...



Depends on how you are but i used to not put on a mask in real life.....big trouble.

Leads to bullying depression and generally being disliked.

One of the most important life lessons i ever learnt was when in public around people who arn't your friends..DON'T be yourself.
Especially when you have a disability that impacts your social skills....don't be yourself or people eat you alive :/
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I am also a troll in real life.
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I suppose the few times I'm on the forums talking n stuff I don't really care about how heated a forum topic might get. It's interesting to me to see how people think about certain topics. Rather in real life I'm not very interested in anybody else. Like at all. I don't enter topics very often especially the more serious ones but I'll read people's opinions there and see how they see it like I said earlier. The more prominent difference is I can talk a lot on topics if I'm interested in them, while i.r.l I can probably get 1-2 sentences of my opinion in a topic because shyness n crap Also there's nothing wrong with being strange or unusual. "Because you're Unusual doesn't make you Strange it makes you Unique " Something like that. Read it while browsing the tf2 workshop t-shirts entries. Best place to search for awesome phrases (sarasm )

So in a shellnut: Yup. I'm different on the forums compared to real life for many reasons.
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Ryulightorb wrote:


MightyMidgit wrote:

I'm pretty much exactly the same person no matter where I am or who I'm with. I hate when people feel like they have to put on a mask or sensor themselves in order to be accepted. I all for people changing, but it should be a change of person, not circumstance. So yah, I'm the same online as in real life.

It's probably the reason I'm still single...



Depends on how you are but i used to not put on a mask in real life.....big trouble.

Leads to bullying depression and generally being disliked.

One of the most important life lessons i ever learnt was when in public around people who arn't your friends..DON'T be yourself.
Especially when you have a disability that impacts your social skills....don't be yourself or people eat you alive :/


I guess my statement might sound a little more black-and-white than I expected.

I admit that I was bullied often in school. But, I felt no need to be fake in order for those people to tolerate me. That's just my personality.

As far as being in public with people I don't know, I'm not going to lay everything about me on the table all at once, but I'm also not going to hide who I am either. If something I do offends someone and I know that I will have future interactions with that person later on, I'll refrain from doing it. At the same time I need to think about whether the issue is with me (something negative in my personality that I should address) or with the other person. That goes back to me saying that I'm all for change, but universal change.

If someone is a different person at 10 or 20 different times in the day depending on where they are or who they're with, do they really have a true identity? I won't say people are wrong if they are like this, but they should really think of why they feel a need to be this way.

On the final topic of disabilities that impact social skills, if people eat you alive because of a disability, that's on them, not you, and you should never feel discouraged because of it. If you truly feel that it is a negative of yours, take the steps to mitigate it, but never lose faith in yourself or cower because of it.
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hmm... people tend to just like me irl and i don't have to do anything, it would just come effortlessly. so, for me, online can be really annoying and i really don't want to keep conversations going or whatever... i find myself becoming irritated easily lol. the fault is in me but i don't' want to fix it~

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I'm not much different in real life, only difference is my name, my IRL name is different, otherwise I'm pretty open about my life online, there's not much I hide.
Posted 10/20/15
the way I'm here is the same way I am i r l. but i r l, I tend to open my mouth with bullshit more often than here ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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