I’m way cooler on the internet than I am in person, and it gives me anxiety

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This post is part of Me, online, Mashable’s ongoing series digging into online identities.

“Chill the fuck out,” my internet self is constantly shouting to my real-life self.

See, I exist as two personalities: internet me and real-life me. Don’t we all? Living in a world of constant connection has led to these funhouse mirror versions of ourselves — they look like us but they’re slightly distorted, exaggerated, never quite shaping into a distinguishable human form. 

With social media, the funhouse effect is even more amplified. In many cases those identities become proxies for our real-life selves. The internet me interacts with hundreds, if not thousands, of people every day. Real-life me? Well, real-life me would love nothing more than a couple hours of silence and maybe, on some days, to speak only with the person delivering my Seamless.  Read more…

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