Unwritten Laws of the Internet
Netiquette has been a topic of ongoing controversy; however, over the last couple of years, there have been several incidents that led to the escalation of this matter. In general terms, the definition of netiquette is essentially being etiquette when using the net. The definition can range anywhere from respecting other peoples’ beliefs to expression your opinion in a respectful manner. The severity of inappropriate actions taken online is nearly as similar to when one communicates to another individual in a face-to-face manner. What may seem like a joke to you could very much be very offensive to the opposing party. Therefore, web users have to be very careful with how they express themselves because not everyone perceives it the same way. A simple thing such as using capital letters may sound as if you are shouting at the receiver, even though you just may be expressing exhilaration.
Also, another factor that is raised when discussing netiquette is that users are not able to comprehend the tone of the sender. Perception is key in such situations because even if you’re attempting to promote a positive message, it may be perceived as the distribution of hate messages because of the way it was communicated in the platform. Users must me mindful of what they say to each other on platforms such as social media or forums because it can lead to feelings being hurt as well as certain extremes such as taking action based on the circumstances.
When considering netiquette, there is a fine line between entertainment vs. media that is offensive. When users post or share such content, they must be aware of those who are exposed to their posts, because certain things that you consider a gag may be of an insult to the opposing party. This can be through content portraying racism, discrimination, gender inequality, and various other subjects that can potentially aggressive to someone.
Many users are annoyed when certain individuals start spamming content over various platforms. Spam is when someone repeatedly posts irrelevant and inappropriate content to a large sum of users to attain a negative emotional response and for the absolute wrong and opposite purpose than the original intention of the platform.
To sum it off, don’t be that person that everyone hates over the Internet. You’re not only affecting the lives of individuals’ in a negative way, but also creating a ripple of unwanted behaviour. This type of attitude shouldn’t be promoted or praised because you would hate it, if you were on the other side of the computer.
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