I finally figured out why we love the Internet so much.
No, it’s not because of Facebook which we confidently tell ourselves that it is a tool to ‘keep in touch’ but in fact, it is a tool to stalk our exes or friends whom we are secretly jealous of. And no, it’s not blogs where we can express ourselves and no one can judge us (well, technically, partially this).
Not because of the videos on Youtube nor is it because of free porn. No, it’s not because of the online games or magazines or gossip sites. Although all these reasons are pretty much valid, it dawned on me that these are pretty minor reasons.
The reason behind our love for the Internet, I believe, is because of the fact that we can create identities for ourselves; an alter ego or two (or several). Both you and I know very well that our online personalities are not really a reflection of ourselves in real life, despite how much we tell ourselves that.
Although we may be the person that we are online, it is far from being a reflection of ourselves. It is instead an extension of ourselves that we very rarely get to explore and bring forth in real life. It’s us, but not us. Contradiction much? ;)
We all know this.
What I’m more interested is at the fact that because of how big the Internet is and how we are able to roam about anonymously, we are free to create a persona that most of us are not able to explore or feed (our fantasies) in the real world. I think that’s pretty interesting… Or scary, depending on how you look at it.
I’ve always wondered what people’s secret identities are online. I wonder whether they go to websites and create profiles for themselves to feed that part of their fantasy; perhaps posting naked pictures of themselves or act as someone they are not – which is pretty normal in the online world, don’t you think? Or perhaps, showing a rather satanic side of them and posting bizarre things on their blogs just to feed their fascination towards death or something more insane than that – though honestly, I can’t think of something more insane than death.
Thinking about this makes me think about what my innocent-looking friend or extremely strict teacher are actually like on the Internet. Who knows, they might just be one of the web’s biggest paedophile with shit loads of pictures of naked kids on his/her computer?
Does this ever cross your mind; about other people’s online identities?
All of us have secret identities.
I know this too well because I too have a secret identity. I too engage in things that nobody know about because nobody in my real life know this side of me although I did talk about it casually to some friends. So I guess, because I too have a secret identity, it makes me wonder what other people’s secret identity is or whether they actually have one or realize that they have it.
Having Facebook and showing a different side of you is barely a secret identity. I guess what makes secret identities as it is is when you exercise your fantasy. Like, someone who has never been through a sexual intercourse is being extremely sexual online with strangers he/she barely know, just for the kick of it; to release some ‘tension’ he/she may have.
That’s what good about the Internet; it allows you to break free that extension of yourself and exercise it without anybody knowing about it. Not that I’m complaining.
The thought is quite scary though.
So tell me, do you have a secret identity?