Many People are lonely. Das Internet, it is suggested, can help overcome loneliness. But it now has a credibility problem. And the topic also has its pitfalls in other respects.

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How credible are users?

One is allowed in social networks don't take everything so seriously, because things are often just exaggerated here. That's part of the game. But even if you know that, it's not always easy to see through this game. And there is always the danger of getting the wrong impression of others.

Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari was the flagship blogger from regime-oppressed Syria in 2011: the lesbian Boy Ms. reported directly on the unrest in their homeland. Until she was picked up by Syrian police forces and disappeared, according to her blog. But none of that was true. In reality, a 40-year-old married white American studying in Edinborough, Scotland, had posed as Amina. He wanted to support the dissidents in Syria with the fake blog. In the end, the IP of his betrayed him eMail-Address. Regardless of the fact that he only made the real Syrian sources even more unbelievable with this fraud, the story shows one thing above all: how easy it is, on the internet, at least for a time, to spoof his identity. Now the internet is not full of fake identities. As already stated, most people act comparatively congruently with their real personality - even if some of them use a pseudonym.

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