Real and unreal online

Georgia Horsley, the newly crowned Miss England, got caught out today by someone stealing her online identity with a fake Myspace page.

Is allowing this to happen the fault of the social networks or is it simply humanity’s common traits showing up again?

There have always been two ways to live your life – in the real world of relationships, work and family or in an unreal world of escape to drown your sorrows with drink, gambling or whatever you fancy.

Social networks simply mirror the offline world. You can choose to “escape” to another world where you take on a different identity – Second Life where you can fly (pictured), Worlds of Warcraft and online poker.

Or you can choose to make you real world richer by extending it with more online interactions. Facebook and Friends Reunited do this for your social life, Linked In brings you more business (or at least more job offers).

In the end, both will exist side by side – the escape with the reality. Which you choose is up to you. The social networks are just the platforms that allow us to do either.

Picture: Copyright 2007, Linden Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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