(Closed) What if you were never anonymous?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would behavior change if anonymity were magically erased?
    Yes : (39 votes)
    71 %
    No : (4 votes)
    7 %
    It depends : (12 votes)
    22 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3295 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i think i would not be as honest… esp on wb if i had to use my real name… but you are right…. i would prolly never speed or run stop lights 🙂 its interesting to think about…. i think i would be very uncomfortable because i value my privacy and without it i dont think i would be quite as happy

    Post # 4
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yes!  I don’t think that it would suddenly make everyone nice to everyone else, but for example on the internet people say AWFUL things because they can get away with it.  It’s not only that the commenter feels he or she can get away with being nasty, but that the victim is also not being seen as a full human being.  Likewise, other cars on the road don’t feel like people – they look and seem to be objects so it’s a lot easier to cut them off, honk at them, give them the finger, etc.

    Post # 5
    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I know people who know my handle on here and on another community website I use, and I definetly take that into account when posting. I know if it was my full name and address linked to everything I probably wouldn’t post, because I think for the most part my info is nobody’s business. But I don’t give my zipcode to the checkers at gap either.

    Post # 6
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Even if your real name is being used, people are still strangers, especially online. If you had to say it to someone’s face it might change, but the safety of distance that the internet gives just kills empathy.

    Post # 7
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @stephanie63087: Ooo you bring up a really good issue of honesty vs. civility.  I went to a really small high school and everyone was ridiculously, disgustingly, nice.  But none of us really liked each other – we just had to deal with each other constantly. 

    Post # 8
    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Honestly I feel less and less anonymous on this site the longer I’m on it. I admit I felt more ‘fearless’ at first about stating my opinion, but now I respond like I would in person.

    Post # 10
    4161 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I live in a smaller town outside of one of the biggest cities in Canada.  And I always make sure to drive nicer!! I also have a bright orange car which I’m one of two in the town (that I’ve seen!) so I can’t finger people like I would normally do in the big city! lol

    As far as my personality – I’m generally very nice to everyone (except idiots while driving!) so no, I wouldn’t feel the need to change that way.  Fiance and I are very low key, don’t cause drama, etc.  I don’t feel like I would change the way I act or speak online if people knew who I was!

    Post # 11
    1057 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    If I wasn’t anonymous I would be more careful about my driving. There are several times where I say, “why not? I’m never going to see that person again.”

    Post # 12
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @MightySapphire: I think a lot of people would act differently if they had all their info following them around. Although sometimes internet anonymity allows for people to vent frustrations and sort thru problems without having to talk to someone who “knows” them.

    I’m pretty much the same person online as I am in life but then again I use my real picture so I’m not that anonymous. Even if my name was on my license plate I’d probably drive the same way – if someone wanted to hunt me down to talk about it I’d tell them how – “NO it’s not okay to stop in the middle of the road in moving traffic to let someone make a left turn I don’t care how nice you think it is…it will cause accidents”

    One of my favorite quotes is “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”.


    Post # 13
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @MightySapphire: I’m nicer on weddingbee, too.  Well, maybe not nicer, but more careful to make sure I’m not sounding accusatory / using sarcasm that might be misconstrued / etc.  I also curse a LOT less.  Some of it’s since I use the same handle all the time, so I don’t want people thinking “man, that Entangled… what a jerk” but it’s also the social norm here.  I normally curse like a sailor and I know that’s 1) not encouraged and 2) offensive to some people. 

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