Funny seeing how much I've accomplished or think I've accomplished, and it's even better seeing what others have accomplished or think they have. If you'd like, tell us what you're proud of doing here!
Something unique about the internet that makes it truly a place different than any other is the fact that it is anonymous at face value. From the point we log on, we choose exactly how public we want our information to be; it is at no pressure to us to disclose anything.
Yet from this point, it is surprising how much users choose to reveal from this private position. Ranging from age, gender and interests going as far as location, jobs, even what they look like. Part of this is why some studies show that online relationships are more likely to last and be closer to one another as opposed to real life relationships; we only have our interests to base off of and are blocked from whatever we choose to keep private. In this sense, we may only choose the better aspects of our lives to share than the aspects we may not be so fond of, and because of that, appear better in our self image than what we may in real life. Ultimately, people form these relationships that bond more strongly because they only base us off of what we want to share, and if they are attracted to what we want to share they are more inclined to be affable to us based on this pseudo-personality.
In places like South Korea, however, internet is completely public. Internet users use a type of identifier that is assigned at birth (similar to a US SSN) that is used to access internet accounts. There, users are completely known by their number identifier that government officials can use to identify the individual. Now this still means to the average person that the information is private and they still choose what to share, but the mere idea of having a universal identifier number to connect the person to the profile is one worth discussing (or dare I say ponder over). Would such a system, something accepted unanimously by the planet be worth considering? Would such a thing destroy what makes the internet unique? Should we live life behind a screen like the internet or is a public lifestyle more worthwhile in the end?
Each position has its own benefits and doubts, but which would be more superior? IMO, it's best to have the private system where users choose what to make public. It keeps internet culture alive and sprawling since most of the hacking scandals that make us open our eyes for a minute are conducted under heavily anonymous conditions and make us laugh, grin, remember and learn. But after all, it is just the internet; we can be anyone we want on here. Most choose to be themselves, some attempt to be girls, others are just NSA agents trying to establish a safe connection and the majority choose to be stupid. What can we do in a world where anyone can be who they want? Nothing.