Anonymity

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Deep Thoughts, Gaming
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Everyone in the world reacts differently to different situations because when you observe something you change it. In psychology this is called the Observer-Expectancy Effect, it sates when anyone is interacting with others they subconsciously change to the situation. That is why people often act differently at home than they do at school. Communication keeps changing. The norm used to be that people interact face-to-face, but with the internet and social networking millions of people communicate virtually daily.

It is obvious to anyone who has played online games, that many people are jerks. It does not matter what game it is there always seems to the one obscene racist jerk in the party. These people are loud, obnoxious, and annoying, but if you ever meet them in real life they turn out to be nice normal people. Why is it that when people gain anonymity they seem to show the darker side of human nature.

There are many opinions on why this happens, some think that it’s just people thrilling in the ability to say things they would never say in real life. This goes along with the basis of games, doing things that you can’t or won’t do in real life. Other people believe that without accountability, people always do the questionable thing. There is also the theory that anonymity makes people braver and lets them show their true self, which is often not a very pretty thing.

The thing is no one really knows the truth about why people act/react in certain situations, it could be one factor or a million no one really knows. The only thing we can do to avoid these negative people is to ignore them.

Mute.

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Comments
  1. D. moore says:

    I think you captured the concept. When you are not known, you are responsible only to yourself. That freedom leads to uninhibited behavior.

  2. J Fry says:

    Would you think this is similar to someone altering their appearance? Not for dress like a pirate day but more like sunglasses or a team uniform or causal Friday or tattoos.

    Is the anonymity a disguise which allows you to try out or test-drive aspects of your character?

    I’ll hang up and listen

    Jim Hawkins
    Admiral Benbow Inn
    Southwest England

    • samtwashere says:

      I think it varies, for some people it is like putting on a costume, others are using it to vent, some people are just showing their true opinion because they do not have to worry about the consequences, there are also many who just want to watch the world burn

  3. gundam says:

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.

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