In this hi-tech world we live in today, it is impossible to exist in a society where people do not have an identification of some sort.
Whether it’s an identification number or an exotic pseudo writer’s name, the existence of identification will always be pertinent.
However, there are certain instances where anonymity is used as an integral part of a system. The simplest example would be a complaint box in a common working area where workers can anonymously insert papers of their complaints to the complaint box and the Human Resource Department will amend and fix existing issues in the workplace. The benefit of anonymity in this is that complainants are willing to express their dissatisfaction towards certain issues or certain colleagues without having the hassle of being privately interviewed on what they are dissatisfied for.
A perfect example of which is the online website commonly referred to as “4chan”. This website uses internet anonymity to its maximum capacity, which is allowing users to reply to a thread on the website without having any possible way of back-tracing the poster at all. (Do note that the usage of 3rd party systems, admin privileges and other tracking methods may expose your anonymity, but that’s a whole other topic in itself).
Users are able to fully utilize their anonymity by discussing whatever they wish, ranging from controversial political topics to personal interests.
Without a doubt, anonymity is a double-edged sword that morphs itself in accordance to the pros and cons of its surrounding circumstances.