I don’t. I treat online personas the same. It’s words, images, sounds, movies and concepts being shared.
I’m not looking for a date, and if someone is talking in a flirty way, I’ll talk in a flirty way back a bit or i won’t, depending on if I feel like it or not.
Old rule still true: On the internet, you could be a cat. I don’t know and don’t think much about it.
I sometimes fall into an implicit bias online that assumes: The person I’m talking to is probably from the USA, white, from a similar part of the country I grew up in with a similar sense of humor, more likely male and of an age range that I expect to see in a particular community.
I don’t always get hit by that implicit bias, but I know I sometimes fall back on it.
I consider it a bad thing because the implicit bias contrasts with my philosophy. It is similar to wanting some conscious control over my anger or choice of words in a particular situation.
I don’t have much implicit bias online left anymore. I’ve been online since 1989 with who knows how many hours of engaging with various personalities.
Yet I still am occasionally surprised to discover things about a person that I did not expect.
It’s at those times that I realize I was gauging them utilizing my implicit bias. It’s rare but it happens.