Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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The internet provides a way to send messages anonymously. People are more forthcoming with information and tend to judge - and hit reply - faster because there is no association face-to-face. You can't see the other person's reaction, and it is very easy to hide behind "oh, well s/he took it the wrong way," as one cannot convey tone through text.
"Sorry to sound insensitive, but grow some thicker skin. Ignore it and move on." - I take this to be insulting. Perhaps you didn't mean it as such, but I took it that way. That is the problem with text, there is no emotion behind it. I am a very sensitive person, and I take things to heart - whether it's online or face-to-face. I am the same person online as I am in person.
Whether we like it or not, communication is becoming digitalized. It used to be easy to shut off the computer or phone and ignore what people said to you, but that is becoming less and less the case. People are depending on the internet for communication, and because of this, we have to take responsibility for what we say and do online, and realize that there is another human being on the other side of the screen. If you wouldn't say it to their faces, why would you type it in a reply box, texting screen, or message?
Again, it's a very impersonal way of getting your message across - more to the point, it provides an 'out' for bullies; they can say "that's not now I meant it," or "it wasn't me, so-and-so hacked my account, and sent those rumors out."
The internet provides a new way for bullies to be even less accountable for their actions.
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