Online life and real life are blending together. The lines are disappearing rapidly changing the dynamics of how we percieve one another. When communicating via face to face we have instinctual cues to gage the others meanings. There are facial, non-verbal movements and most importantly, tone. When online all that someone has to understand is the lone word. Words are powerful, when choosen correctly. A poorly placed word can be detrimental to a conversation.
Imagine a conversation with the word “fine” in it. Fine can mean, yes that is ok by me. Or it can be dripping with an attitude of being upsest. Now think about just seeing the word fine. One word can befuddle a person. Is it really fine? Or are they upset? Why should they be upset with me? I didn’t do anything. I am the one that should be upset! … and so it snowballs into something that really was nothing.
The internet provides new people and worlds we would have never known otherwise. It is important to realize that what is put out into the world of the interwebs is still a reflection upon ourselves. Never underestimate the power of the written-or typed- word. What you do on the internet, should be paralleled with what you would do in real life. Before writing anything on the internet think to yourself “Would I say this in person?” If yes, then it is probably good netiquette and you can continue. If not, rethink what you are saying and how better to portray yourself.
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