A Cybernaut’s Guide to Netiquette.
Etiquette — the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group. Etiquette is to some a word and to others a rule. This rule has taught people how to treat others for centuries. Should one not meet the standards of “the rule,” then they are a social pariah.
So how is it that by simply putting the letter “N” before this ancient term, society loses their class and respect for the feelings of others in the world?
Words you would never think of saying to someone who sits next to you in class are suddenly exiting your message board and entering the timelines for all your peers. Yet somehow this doesn’t turn you into a social pariah… it makes you a hero?
Let’s talk about the dos and don’ts of N E T I Q U E T T E.
DO unto others as you would have them DO unto you:
Sorry to bring the bible into this, but this is the GOLDEN RULE! Regardless of religion! Before you post on the internet think about how you would feel if some stranger posted a candid video of you or that boy you’ve been in love with for literally ever posted a meme of you as a LOSER! How would you feel? I’m going to go off on a limb and say you wouldn’t feel that great. So to translate this commandment:
DON’T post things about people you would not want posted about you.
While we’re on the topic of religion, here’s another DO NOT for netiquette:
DON’T be that person that argues about how your religion is better than another one, or hates on all religions in general. All religions and disbeliefs in religion are great.
If you are putting someone down over the internet because of what they might believe or not believe in, then you are most likely not great.
When surfing the crazy wild internet always remember:
DO have an open mind to new and differing opinions.
One of the greatest possibilities the internet has to offer is that it brings people from across the globe with new and exciting opinions on topics that you are extremely passionate about. On that note, one of the worst things the internet has to offer is that it brings people from across the globe with new and extremely stubborn opinions on topics that you are INSANELY passionate about.
Always remember, you might think you’re right… heck you might actually be right… but that will not always change the opinion of a person on the other side of the world arguing with you.
While you’re sitting there thinking, “This dude’s a jerk!” Think about that JERK who is at his own house eating his own chips is thinking, “This dude’s a jerk!”
With that being said:
DON’T be a know-it-all. You most likely do not know everything.
When posting anywhere on the internet, remember that it is a public post. There are people whose native tongue might not be the same language as yours.
DO use proper grammar and spelling. DON’T use slang terms.
It iz not 0K 4 U 2 talk lik diz [translation: It is not ok for you to talk like this].
The internet is for people of all genders, ages, cultures and any other distinguishing factor you can put on people. When you are thinking of a group of people try and focus in on age groups when it comes to this rule on netiquette.
DO mind your language; children are reading.
Not all sites have age restrictions; even if they do, children are so tech savvy in this generation that it will take more than a parental lock to keep them off the internet. So next time you see a kid yelling at their mother and telling her p!@% off, don’t blame the parent right away, try and think back on that child seeing one of your vulgar posts.
It takes a village to raise a child. Remember that you’re a part of that village, so go put a bar of soap in your mouth and think about what you’ve done.
DO NOT post personal information about anyone on the internet.
The world was a scary enough place before technology. Imagine how we now live in a world where someone can probably google where your great grandmother got married in 1922! When you are posting on the internet please mind the privacy of not only your information but also of that friend who trusted you with said information. It doesn’t matter what your intention was when posting your friends phone number, postal code or even their work schedule. There can always be someone out there that will abuse this information.
We have to remember that we are the age of the internet. Our actions on how we use and abuse this system will determine how others will for the future.
Our ancestors set a standard on etiquette, a standard that has been used for centuries. Let’s try not to ruin this legacy by simply putting a letter before the word.