Internet, privacy and image: how authentic are identities in the network?



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Is communication in "real" life better and more real than that in the internet? The discussion about Facebook, Fakenewsund privacy may suggest this. But is that really true?

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Identities on the Net - Fake News Game

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Of course it is easier to hide behind a role on the internet. However, at least as much to the falsification contributes to the perception of the opposite. Fakenews are not a completely new invention.

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Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari was 2011's flagship blogger from regime-suppressed Syria: The lesbian young woman spoke directly of the riots in her homeland. Until she was picked up by Syrian police and disappeared, as she read on her blog. But all that was not true. In fact, an 40-year-old married white American who studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, had turned out to be Amina. He wanted to support the dissidents in Syria with the fake blog. In the end, the IP of his betrayed him eMail-Address.

Apart from the fact that with this deception he made the real Syrian sources less credible, the story shows one thing above all else: how easy it is to fake his identity on the Internet, at least for some time. However, it is still not the case that there are fake identities on the Internet. As already stated, most people act roughly congruent with their real personality - even if some of them use a pseudonym.

How real is one when "flittering"?

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2011 advanced the event "What's happening? Love."To one of the big crowd pullers at the Blogger Conference re: publica 2011. Probably because it was an issue that everyone could have a say in: love and flirting. Really exciting was the discussion between Daniel Decker, active as @kotzend_einhorn on Twitter, and presenter Teresa Bücker about role playing and communication behavior on Twitter.

While Bücker took the view that people who are very smart, nice and eloquent on Twitter, that are mostly in reality, Decker had other experiences: The self-confessed telephone muffle can in writing express much better than orally and therefore had to Listening to a successful contact on the net: "You're much funnier on Twitter ... somehow you're a completely different person."

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On Twitter you are much funnier

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His explanation for this:

"Even if you act on the net under its real name and hide as little as possible, it is of course still the case that you [...] create a character. Of course, this can happen in real life too. But the difference is that Twitter has been a lot more intimate and far-fetched before the first meeting than meeting one another at a party. That's why the picture the other person has already made is quite different. "

And he disillusioned finds that between the communication on Twitter and in real life, but there are big differences: Twitter, so his experience, just is not the chance for timid to find the life partner.

We all get a picture

Overview

That's the point: people get a picture of each other when they talk to him. The image is made up of what someone says - but unconsciously from the gestures, the facial expression and the tone of voice. Exactly these characteristics are missing in the communication in social networks, because one communicates in the social media usually in writing. However, as a result we lack important information that our conversation partners unconsciously communicate to us through personal dialogue through voice, gestures and facial expressions.

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The American psychologist Albert Mehrabian found 1967 in two studies that the effect of a message depends only on 7 percent of the content of what is said. 55 percent is determined by body language and 38 percent by voice, tone, stress, and articulation. But what if we miss that 93 percent of communication - for example, when we're just tweeting with people or chatting on Facebook instead of talking to them in person? Then we have to think about this information and maybe we tend to do it, whether we like it or not, to get an idea of ​​what to do with reality - whether we know our interlocutor or not.

Therefore, social networks should always be part of our communication - they should not replace personal communication. If this does happen, there is a danger that we may be misrepresenting ourselves to our interlocutors, either intentionally or otherwise. However, the extent to which people's images of themselves in the internet differ from real people obviously depends heavily on personal satisfaction.

Can the online identity make our offline self happier?

Overview

The media psychologists Sabine Trepte and Leonard Reinecke from the Hamburg Media School have examined the selection of avatars in computer games in several studies. The data shows that most people in avatars in play scenarios with male requirement profile mainly with positive masculine properties, such as size and strength, outfit. In play scenarios with a female requirement profile, however, positive female characteristics predominate. However, the subjects usually favor same-sex avatars.

And: The happier a person is with himself, the more his avatar resembles him. On the other hand, if you are rather unhappy with your life, you paint your virtual world all the more beautifully - and the sooner your avatar is different from your own person.

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Online behavior affects one's own personality

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Conversely, avatars and online behavior also have an effect on their own personality. Trepte and Reinecke also found out that people who reveal a lot about themselves in social networks are more open and communicative after six months, and even more in real life To have friends.

The results of the Honkong Chinese Nick Yee go in a similar direction: As part of his doctoral thesis at Stanford University, he proved that people who have a particularly good-looking and therefore sexually successful alter ego on the net at some point in real life be more open about their private lives and more likely to have sexual contact faster. Apparently, online success has made her more courageous towards other people.


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  1. Holger Prieske

    The communication is true life is not "real" it is more extensive, more complex.

    Tone, facial features, body language come along, things like spontaneity and quick-wittedness do not matter in the net, because you have 3 minutes to think before you say something.

    Moreover, no one chats in between, one gets to speak; always. It's just different.

    Not better or worse.

    • Simone Janson

      Thank you for your comment!

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