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In computer conferencing environments like MUDs, users generally make less guarded remarks. "There is less explicit agreement or disagreement with the opinions and suggestions of others" (Hiltz, 125). Again the trend is slightly functional: because MUDers are reading the responses, they can digest a broader range of ideas in a short space of time. In spoken conversations, changing to new views quickly makes discussion hard to follow, whereas on MUDs, such switches are the norm and keep players witing to see what surprising thing will be typed next. But there is also a social freedom on MUDs, the freedom from the eyes of those who might judge you based on looks as well as speech-content. SatNam [to Jorry]: Well, on the MOO, you can be more like yourself, because there is no one watching you. I think people fall in love more on the moo because they can be themselves.

Along with open airing of opinions, MUDers are generally more affectionate and friendly online than they are in real life. "In the face-to-face condition, there is usually a brief period when the participants exchange names, but no extensive socializing among strangers who were brought together for this single group meeting. In the CC condition, however, we observed very overt attempts to be personal and friendl"y (Hiltz, 112).

There is a sense in computer network environments that the ideas will truly speak for themselves. This sense makes players much more comfortable and bold in their remarks.