A few months ago, Clueless and I were just sitting around and talking. All of a sudden, the topic turned to IMs and phone messages and Clueless turns to me and says...
I like "message" macho girl.
I give my usual blank stare and say
Huh? Who is that?
you know.. "message" macho girl? Its you when you send messages over the phone or over messenger... She is different from "in-person" macho girl...
You actually find a difference between the two?
Yeah! Don't you find a difference between "message" clueless and "in-person" clueless?
That got me thinking. Do I find a difference?
Over the next few weeks, I began to realize that I DID find a difference. I was beginning to see what clueless was getting at. Clueless in person is different from clueless over the phone, who is different from "message" clueless and so on and so forth. It was not just Clueless. I began to note the difference in most of my friends like ann@, Cookie monster, H2O, puttas and the list goes on.....
Why is there a difference in "message", "in-person" and "over-the-phone" personalities of all of us? After all, it is the same person in the conversation, whether in-person or over messenger. Then what makes the difference?
I guess we find a difference in all these "personalities" because each one of them expresses and different type of emotion at a different level. For example, seeing someone laugh at something you say is different from seeing a plain "hehe" over the IMs. That does make a huge difference because you have no idea if the person is really smiling while typing "hehe" or doing that with a straight face. (thats weird!)
We have certain emotions and feeling which we can't really tell out and find it easier to express in written words. I know that I always find it hard to say "sorry" to the person in a direct conversation. I always find it easier to type out a long apology over the phone or my computer. That marks the difference in all the "personalities". It is the way your thoughts are expressed and how it is interpreted. I will always be the same old "macho girl" whether you talk to me in person or over the phone or on messenger. Its the way I express myself over these different media that makes people look at me as different "macho girls"!!! (some people even tell me that "blogger" macho girl is a completely different person!)
I guess most of us suffer from this Multiple Personality...ah.. disorder. Lets not call it a "disorder". I don't think it is a disorder. After all variety is the spice of life! I have no idea what to call a variety in personalities, but whatever it is, it is not a disorder. Its just plain "multiple personality"!
Have you found a difference in the various personalities or "avataars" of your friends and family? Do you think you have a multiple personality?