I agree that there is a potential to be really selfish, or at least really self-absorbed online. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone over my Facebook or Twitter and “creeped on” my own profile to gauge what other people may think of me online. However, in the real world, I would never spend hours staring at myself in the mirror and judging what other people would think. I think the internet makes it really easy to get lost in your own world and view online friends in terms of how they can add to your social capital and how they can/will help you in the future. It’s easier to see people as tools/objects online because there’s a lack of a human element.