Be Nice on the Internet
The default behavior on the Web seems to be rudeness, the mind-set negative. Find out why—and how you can take a stand against poor Internet etiquette.
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The upside of the Web: It gives everyone a forum. The downside: Sometimes we don’t use it very civilly. So why are people so mean on the Internet? And can’t we all just be nicer?
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What if someone is rude to you online? Five pointers to help you keep your cool.
- Smile. You can’t work yourself into a rage without an angry face. Relax the muscles in your jaw, forehead, and lips to keep cool, then eke out a grin.
- Look ahead. Will this thing matter in five minutes? Five months? Five years? If not, why bother wasting energy on it?
- Put yourself in charge. Saying “I am choosing not to get angry about this” (or the opposite) can be empowering.
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