never be yourself, always be the best version of yourself in real-life because people will always judge your weaknesses. Online it doesn't matter because you're behind a computer screen :P. We detach emotion from events in real life too if there isn't a personal element behind them, so people will almost always act differently online, where they cant see people, compared to real life.
My notes on this:
In the pond story (by Peter Singer), an emotional difference may be present in which seeing one child die is a tragedy, but millions of children are a statistic (much like the stalin quote). We relate to individuals in a way we do not relate to the masses. Psychologist Paul Slovic conducted an experiment with students being paid 15$, untold about the experiment, in which they were given a questionnaire that took 15-20 minutes. They came back and gave the questionnaire to Slovic, who gave them 15$. As well as giving them the money, Slovic gave them information and divided them into two groups. One group was told that they would be initiating a charity operation in Malawi and that the volunteers could donate some of the 15$ that they were given if they wanted to help. The other students were informed of the same initiative, but they were shown a picture of a small Malawian child with personal information and asked to donate. When given the identifying information about the single Malawian child rather than the Malawian masses, more people donated. From a rational perspective, this is strange because rather than providing for a single individual, the thought of donating to a large sum of individuals should have been more compelling. This is a problem for addressing global poverty, because it is isolated to a statistic rather than appealing to individuals.