I played Second Life and I was not truthful
I use to play Second Life (a virtual world game for those that have no idea what I speak of). I had lots of friends in the game, and became quite popular. I also made some really good friends from all over the states. I never met them in person, but then I really couldn't either. I had given them fake pictures, and even a fake name.
Privacy is not an excuse. There is never an excuse to pass off pictures that are not you as your own. The fake name is excusable - maybe, but not the pictures. That was beyond wrong.
These people came to like and trust me, and I liked them very much too, but of course it could only go so far since I was a liar and a fraud. Eventually I had to walk away, and I think they did catch me in my lies. Nothing came of it.
Why did I do it? Well, I was in a sad place in my life and I didn't like myself very much. I felt the fake pictures were a much more attractive person. I wanted to try being someone else for a while. Again, this is not justification for my behavior - there is none.
I don't use Second Life anymore. I am in a better place in my life. I like me. I like my life. I have friends in real life, and I am far more social these days. I think I am attractive too, albeit not perfect - and I don't look anything like the pictures I used.
I wish I could apologize to those I was close with that I lied to. I don't think they want to hear it, and I wouldn't blame them, but I do genuinely feel bad for being a liar, a fraud, and a lame/fake friend.