Does your virtual self match your physical self?
Not just in how you look, but also in how you act, who you strive to be. Who you say you are.
Why is it different?
What is it that you changed about yourself when you went on line? Why can't you be the same everywhere?
I think your personality on line evolves as you, the person, off line grows or changes, and I think that the ability to have a different persona online allows you a certain distance and gives the ability to experiment with who you are, and who you can or want to be.
Creating a name or persona online allows you to break away from who you are off line. I think it allows you to see who you really want to be, and it lets you escape from the expectations and definitions of those who know you.
I think the online persona shows who you want to be, it shows who you could be in the physical world if you had the courage, it allows you to find others like you, to learn how to become what you truly want to be. It allows you feedback to change yourself.
You can look at yourself online objectively, and then try use those personality characteristics to see who, or what, you can or want to be.
That is incredibly powerful.
Self knowledge is important. The online world allows you to experiment with who you are.
The goal should be to become more natural online with what you are, and that does not mean an alias, or hide behind an online name, it means to play with the fundamental idea of who you really are.
We often live a life defined by others, built by external decisions, and by our fear of action.
If you could do anything, Literally anything.
With no rules, no past, if you know now what you didn't then, what would you do?
That answer shows the inner you, and that doesn't necessarily mean that is what you will be, but it shows you where to go, what matters,and the tools you will need.
The goal is to be yourself, everywhere and anywhere, to be whatever you need to be, no matter what that will be, or what it will change.
It is a path.