I can't hear the interview. :-( But do agree that some people play roles online, then in reality adapt to these personas they would like to be. Perhaps as a way to cope with their reality? I don't know, but human behaviour and thinking interest me.
This reminds me of when children start to develop different traits to cope with serious issues they are experiencing, not that I associate people who take their online personas into reality as children, but the coping mechanisms.
If people are so dissatisfied with themselves, that they develop different identities and these start to interfere with their lives, it could become very mentally unstable.
You might see a reflection of that in some people here.
Interesting q, I wonder what folks in psychology would say about this. :-)
· 1 decade ago