True, I don’t use my “real name” for the same reasons most people stated above. You never know who’s reading the web page, and there are just too many stories out there about “wierdos.” So, it’s essentially just a privacy issue. A litttle neurotic? Sure, but if doing something as easy as using a false name or a “handle” makes you feel even the slightest bit better, and it dosn’t hurt anyone, might as well go for it, I’d say.
Another reason, which no one really noticed, it’s kind of fun to have a “net identity.” Granted, I doubt many people are “in character” when online, and out of character while not on the computer. We might be a little less reserved, online, but our vocabulary will be more or less the same, and our demeanor will be similar to what it would be if being talked to face to face.
I’m not so sure about the “signed/unsigned” postings issue.
I completely agree with AudreyK, in that it’s hard to take someone with a handle like Idiotboy or MarilynMansonFan seriously. But, then again, it’s more than likely just a joke, and these people are just expressing themselves.
Interesteing topic, thanks for sharing your question.