Hide & Seek on a virtual playground

Just as I am getting prepared to do some research for my next blog post, I see my cousin popping up on messenger. His icon is marked green but I know he won’t talk to me. Why? Well, he doesn’t know I am currently connected because my setting says “appear offline”.

This makes me wonder: What is the use of wanting to appear offline while being online? Wouldn’t it just be simpler or more convenient not lo log into messenger, Skype or suchlike at all?  Or couldn’t I just set my setting to “busy” if I can’t be bothered with answering any instant messages? Continue reading