Monday, February 16, 2009

real vs. virtual

So I've been thinking alot about this whole virtual real and real self thing.  I wonder about myself now, how much of me is real and how much isn't?  What is it that I want people to know about my real self and my virtual self?  Where do they overlap?  I don't know it seems like we all have things to hide so does the real really exist?  I dont know.... it so confusing.  People in general are confusing and i feel like this just adds another demension of confusion.


  1. I agree. I almost feel that one's real self is how he or she acts around her friends but then "virtually" changes to act differently around parents or teachers or even strangers. We all want to put on a different face and attitude for who were around. We all want to be accepted by's a natural instinct.

  2. I agree completely. I hate always bringing psych into this class, but in my social psych class, we talked about self-monitoring. How people monitor what they say and how they act to fit the situation. If people are extremely high self-monitors, they may experience what you are talking about. How much of them is real and how much is for to please others? We also talked about how just because we change the way we act in different situations doesn't mean that we change our actual selves. We are still the same.

  3. I wonder if it would also be destructive if people were not self-monitoring? If we were open to everyone all the time, there would be no valuable when we do finally chose to reveal ourselves to people.