Then Don’t Type It Online!
Amazing how bold onliners are while safely hiding behind these screens! The lack of face-to-face contact makes them bolder than they normally would be allowing them to type in a manner in which they wouldn’t dare speak.
In our increasingly uncivilized society rude communicators are being falsely emboldened.
I see this on social media everyday. Some of the stuff folks type has caused me to actually say “oh my” or “wow” out loud. I’ve even gasped at some of the terms typed to describe the folks they are replying to.
Ask a question they don’t like — how dare you! Point out a fact that may not be in line with their agenda and that too gets overlooked while they type back with venom and vigor. Note a proven fact or piece of established knowledge and you’d better duck to avoid the barrage of name-calling coming your way.
This post really isn’t about those who cannot communicate without throwing in profanities. We all know what kind of person resorts to using that type of language to make their point (it shows they don’t have one) and we already know not to take them seriously. We’ll let their choice of verbiage speak for itself.
What I am referring to here today is the onliners who type in a rude and curt manner as a matter of habit. You’ve seen them — they type accusations based on no facts or basis in reality simply because they can. When I run into onliners who communicate in this manner it becomes clear that they have no intention of paying attention to or even care what I have to say. Their sole motive and goal for the moment is to be nasty and demeaning. Who cares what the facts are! Who cares if what they perceive to be true isn’t! How dare you have a different position/opinion!
If you want to be taken seriously in your online communications (e-mail, social media, forums), always communicate from a point of courtesy. Make sure that you are clear, that you state facts, that you make the effort to type in such a manner that you won’t be misunderstood. If you can’t take the time to communicate like an civil educated human being, take a deep breath, wait until the next day — or better yet don’t communicate at all.
The rest of us will appreciate not having to be exposed to your vitriol and nastiness.
Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
― Edmund Burke