Send us your floppy
I mean, if you don't want to know the real person is it really a relationship or just casual roleplay?
If we're talking generic RP buddies/partners or other non-committal friendships that use titles for fun (for whatever reason)...then in most cases, real names aren't shared.
Recently, someone shared an image macro that said, roughly, "being a furry means knowing their deepest secrets, but not knowing their real name." I was surprised by how many people related to it, saying that their real name, or the names of their family members, are irrelevant in their relationship. Many felt that they just "never got around to it," or that it "never felt important," to summarize the general feeling.
This wealthy Nigerian swimsuit model/princess says all she needs is my credit card number to convert her rubies to USD so she can take a plane to visit me. Are you saying she isn't real?! We talk Online about the fastest way she could spend up to my credit limit every day. Our e-lationship is real.Meeting online is fine, but if we're not in the same town, I ain't gonna be into it! Who knows if anything they're saying is even true, or if their profile pic is really them!? That's how scams can begin, falling in love with someone you've never physically met!
This wealthy Nigerian swimsuit model/princess says all she needs is my credit card number to convert her rubies to USD so she can take a plane to visit me. Are you saying she isn't real?! We talk Online about the fastest way she could spend up to my credit limit every day. Our e-lationship is real.
Honestly, I just assume everything I hear from a nameless person Online is false until they reveal themselves. People in this roleplaying community can be apt to "roleplay" a fictitious personal life. Not always fake, but not always the whole truth. I'm more apt to trust them if they're willing meld their "real" life into their Online one.
But, some people are perfectly happy with a roleplaying life, and thinking of each other purely in terms of roleplaying characters, even when they've met face-to-face. Maybe that works for them. I don't understand it, but if it works, and it makes them happy, then that's all anyone can hope for.
I do draw the line at the acquaintance of mine who thought his long-term girlfriend is "probably British or something" because of her accent, though...
I’m assuming your characters name is not really f***ing Hostile? Haha, I couldn’t imagine addressing anyone by that name in person.In the case of my last partner we absolutely knew each other's real names, but we still addressed each other by character/screen name in each other's company - in their case it was because they were not fond of their given name (it's now basically a deadname anyway), and in my case I don't really care what I'm addressed as, as long as I know I'm being addressed (I happen to like my character's name more than my real name, but it's not a sticking point)
I've been told that many furries don't know the real name of their furry partner. Is this common? I'm interested to know what you think.