I can tell, think, and believe that my online behavior is no different when I am in person with others all day long but the reality is I act differently. I am an introvert by nature, my energy when interacting with others is derived from being able to internalize and analyze my thoughts rather than voice them until I am ready. If I were to enter a crowded room, my preference is to observe my surroundings first and when ready, I would approach someone rather than to jump right into a conversation. When I communicate online, I am very comfortable to jump right in; I have no concerns or feel uneasy, as I am not subjected to the physical or emotional aspects related to having to start a conversation. “Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible” (Bernstein, 2012, para. 7). Studies on extraverted or introverted behaviors online have shown that computer-mediated communication might result in more outgoing behavior especially amongst extremely introverted or shy people (Amichai-Hamburger, Wainapel & Fox, 2002; McKenna & Bargh, 2000). Blumer and Doring (2012) argue that the perceived anonymity and distance of computer-mediated communication help overcome social inhibitions. Milian (2012) described how people tend to exaggerate their personas when online because there is more time to revise and calculate the content they present than in spontaneous face-to-face interactions. Recognizing my personality type, being introverted I do behave differently because it is easier for me to overcome my social inhibitions.
My emotional reaction to online news and information is dependent upon how passionate I am on the subject matter or the connection it makes based on my own experiences. For instance, my ability to feel compassion for the victims of a natural disaster causes me to question what the individuals are undergoing, what they think and feel as I see and hear their expressions and reactions. ...
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