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23 February 2011 One Comment
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More Comfortable Online than Offline

This just in. Shocking story! A study from Kidscape, a children’s charity, showed that young people feel more comfortable with themselves online than they are offline. 45% of 11-18 year olds said they were happier online.

” [it’s] easier to be who you want to be, because nobody knows you and if you don’t like the situation you can just exit and it is over. ”

Ok. So not really shocking.
Is any of this surprising to you?

More Statistics Among the Young:

• 60 percent of these kids admit to lying about their age
• 47 percent of these kids admit to behaving differently online than offline
• 40 percent of these kids admit to being dishonest about their personal relationships
• 10 percent of these kids admit to “[changing] aspects of their appearance and their personality for their online activity”

Is any of this surprising to you?

None of it really is, and many might say, hey that’s typical, that’s normal.
But hopefully we can all agree – this is sad.

Anyone else remember lying online or perhaps have a good story about it?

One Comment »

  • Leo said:

    I feel that a lot of us, not just kids, but a large, significant chunk of adults as well feel more comfortable behind their computer screens, rather than face-to-face. The same goes for cellphones, as a lot of people feel that what they can say over text messages, they would not be able to say directly to a person.
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