It is therefore easy to see why certain individuals may prefer to present themselves online.
With the increasing popularity of social networking sites (SNSs), it is now relatively easy, even for novice users, to have an online presence.
Motivations for creating profiles in nonymous environments (in other words, environments in which personal identity information is readily available), such as personal Web pages and social networking sites, may also differ from those who choose to create a profile in an environment in which users may remain anonymous.
The manner in which we manage impressions might therefore be intricately linked to the type of online application being used as well as the motivation for taking part in a specific online activity.
One would expect that many chat room users would choose whether or not to interact with another member on the basis of the information presented in their profile.