Try to THINK Before Your Fingers Hit the Keyboard

Image: Public Domain, Pixabay
Image: Public Domain, Pixabay

I have to wonder if people would ever act in person the way they do online. If there was a chance that you could get smacked or punched or shot or stabbed in response to your words, would you still say them? So why do people spout off online? Is it that false sense of safety that they get from being behind a computer screen?

There can still be repercussions for your words online, even if there’s a much smaller chance of physical harm. You can get foul and hurtful words returned to you, you can get booted or banned or blocked. You can also make yourself look bad, lose respect and damage your reputation. Depending on what you said, where and to whom, you may lose friends, family, a love or even your job.

THINK before you let your fingers hit the keyboard. Be sure that you mean what you’re saying, every word of it, and that you’ve considered what might come of putting that into the view of others. You may not get beaten or killed for insulting people, spouting hate speech or whatever it is that you’re saying, but there can still be heavy consequences to your actions.

The internet is not the safe, anonymous place you think it is. People know you, people see you. Word spreads like wildfire. Be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into and that you can handle it before you pop off at the mouth where others can see it. Just because you’re behind a screen and not in someone’s face doesn’t mean that you have the right to be rude, hurtful or aggressive to people.

Act the same way online that you would in real life. Think about what would happen if you said certain things to someone’s face. If you wouldn’t want to be in that situation, facing the outcome of it, then don’t say it online.

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