I was done with nicknames long time ago. That’s to say I’ve been using my real full name online for years. In fact I find it kind of weird now when meet someone in real life who I know from the net and they introduce themselves by their real name and then they provide their nickname or vice versa. It’s pointless to a certain extent.
Now yesterday I was thinking of writing about something, It’s not something I’m afraid t to talk about, it’s just that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about it. So then I thought, “Maybe if I haven’t been using my real name then I wouldn’t really have a problem with this”
But then again, it’s tricky. I mean, if you choose to remain incognito, then you’ll have to give up meeting people in person or such activities. You may also not share your online identity with the people you know in real life because your cover might be easily blown.
But why bother? Isn’t your online identity a part of your life and who you are?
I understand that in the past people were intimidated by the internet and the whole information and communication revolution. Girls used to have e-mail accounts with pseudo names and sharing your pictures online was much more controversial and limited that it is now. But that was in the past. I’m not saying that it’s absolutely safe to share information online now, but it’s becoming more familiar and normal than, say, 10 years ago.
For me I reached a stage where if I can’t talk about something as myself and without fear or shyness, then I’m probably better of not talking about it online. Don’t you think so?