Recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal, Why We Are So Rude Online and I found it very interesting. Basically what the article is saying was "Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible."
In general, we are perceived as being rude online. We tend to voice our opinions without having much to worry about how others' feel since we don't have to deal with their facial expressions. In a face-to-face conversation, we tend to gauge based on others' expressions and we would adjust accordingly. But facing the faceless computer, no way!
The article also mentioned hat people showed no mercy when come to Facebook, if they found themselves disagreeing with certain individuals or perhaps lost their coolness. They would just un-friend them. And that got carried over in their day to day relationships. Meaning, they are no longer in contact beyond Facebook.
I wondered in this social media world, we tend to be more opinionated and blunt. And that could be viewed as rude? And somehow, we have lost the most important key factor to be able to communicate clearly beyond face time. We don't know who is our viewers are. Our audiences here are much bigger than our normal face to face crowds. And when we posted something, and that something could be viewed by hundreds perhaps thousands of our connections. Some of them may not be able to digest what we said and that could lead to misunderstanding. When frictions happened in this social networking world, we are again back to square one, we can't gauge based on others' expressions and we would utter words that perhaps would offend someone and that could lead to slippery slopes onward. And perhaps that was why we are perceived as being so rude online ...
In any case, whatever we posted in our social networking sites, we are representing who we are and the worst of all, some servers out there are keeping the records. And yes, we are not invisible nor we are invincible.
Until next stop,
Journey of Life