When a web service tells me I have to register before they’ll tell me what they charge
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we do online isn’t real, and doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t help that we’ve developed the acronym IRL, In Real Life, to refer to the offline world.
But why shouldn’t we regard our online lives as just as real, just as valid and just as meaningful as our offline ones? That’s the question Alex posed a few months ago at TEDx Victoria, proceeding from a blog post she wrote last year for the Harvard Business Review.
The talk, titled “Ten Reasons to Stop Apologizing for your Online Life”, just went live. And if you’ve ever wondered why a valued online friendship doesn’t count as “the real world” while a trip to the mall does – and, more to the point, what you can do about it – you’ll want to watch.
There’s a habit people have of referring to the offline world as “real”… as in IRL, or “in real life”. The implication is that the online world isn’t real, and that the portion of our lives spent there somehow doesn’t count.
Alex challenged this idea…