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We are all a little Pinocchio on the net

Who wouldn't like to be able to modify some small defect, physical or character, to feel better about themselves or others? A human frailty that finds an easy answer on the net. And so on social networks, blogs and smartphones the magic done: c who loses a few extra pounds, who recovers the thick (…)

Who wouldn't like to be able to modify some small defect, physical or character, to feel better about themselves or others? A human frailty that finds an easy answer on the net. And so the magic done on social networks, blogs and smartphones: c those who lose a few extra pounds, those who recover thick hair and those who smooth out wrinkles. And then there are those who use words to build an identity closer to their ideal, at the cost of telling some white lies.

A phenomenon, says the Intel research conducted by Redshift Research, widespread enough to involve almost half of Italians. About one out of two admits to having tarred at least once your online profile. And the 53% of respondents, especially among males, admits that he would like to look more like the image of himself that he tells on the net.

If for 50% of men it hopes to make the hunt for new loves or relationships easier, among the reasons for these virtual retouches are above all the desire to capture the attention of friends and acquaintances (55%) or the attempt to hide the own insecurities (40%).

Here above all the fairer sex carefully selects the photos to be included in their profile and the Photo editing (now available to everyone with dozens of apps) increasingly used! For men, however, it is not so much the photos that stimulate some makeup, as theappear more fun and bright than what happens in everyday life. Other white lies include attempts to show up more intelligent and cultured (22%) or to be immortalized in exclusive situations and places (18%); most recently, the brag about particular relationships, true or presumed.

But the excesses do not seem to find a warm welcome:

  • more than half of Italians can't stand the users they share every single detail of your days, including the most intimate aspects
  • they don't like them the same way too explicit photos or vulgarities,
  • and rejected (a welcome surprise) even users who always complain about everything and everyone or who do too many spelling mistakes or horrors

The true non-sense highlighted by the research also that so many efforts are made while knowing that not that difficult recognize fake online. Among clues The simple empirical experience is used to expose digital Pinocchio: what you read or see on social networks is often too good to be true (50%), badly retouched photos, or the inconsistency between personality and actions (always for 50%). Only 18% say they do not easily distinguish the border between lies and reality.

Yet despite the demonizations of these tools, Intel research reveals that the desire to appear e enriching your online profiles leads you to be better even in real life.

  • The 33% of the interviewees he declares to take more photos of himself and his family and, to a lesser extent, to take more holidays
  • The 31% he feels more curious and more lawful, in order to be able to hold interesting conversations on the Net (in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries people were educated on books – in the conversation in the living rooms)
  • The 27% do more exercise
  • the 15% also takes care of clothing

Who knows if Montale would find in all these activities, to be brought back to the virtual world, the secret to Killing time?Of course the weather it becomes a crucial factor for the people of the Web. Any good break to connect and for 50% of the sample, when not possible, the feeling of loss is felt.

Two out of five respondents in Italy and Europe they dedicate to their profile over half an hour a day, but the rest of the users do not give up the daily dose of online, albeit shorter.

Among all the devices most used to manage their own virtual identities, everyone wins smartphone, but the dear old man computer remains the preferred medium; especially if with a good battery life (53%), quick to start (32%) and light (30%).