Thinking Allowed

A blog to detail my work at QU.

The Veil of the Internet

Posted By admin on September 15, 2009

In reading my classmate’s blog post “Facebook, a Tool for Mass Communication” I started to think about the things that I have learned since I have been working and playing on the internet.

1) People cannot spell- It amazes me some misspellings that I have seen on the internet from reputable sites or even my friends on Facebook.  Granted, I have been known to have a typo or two occasionally, but sometimes it is just painful to read the posts.

2) People can be mean- Sometimes I am surprised at how doggish and rude people can be online when they assume anonymity.  In my experience on a religious dating site, people would discuss things under the veil of “religion” that was neither kind to others or respectful of the opposite sex.  I have also seen people being bullies while playing a game online or in their forums.  Fortunately there aren’t too many of those in game, but sometimes their negativity is annoying.  Recently the ID of a blogger who apparently called a model a “skank” was released by Google in response to a court order proving the internet is anonymous – until you are not.

3) A girl is a girl- or not- It is surprising how many people choose the opposite gender when playing that same online game.  For me, I am more comfortable playing a girl.  However I learned quickly that wasn’t the case for others.  One of my “female” friends turned out to be a 20-something Canadian transgender male.  I found out a male character was actually a female irl when we spoke on teamspeak. That was a shock!  I learned later that she felt male characters had more opportunities, advanced faster, and earned more trust.  My list of surprises can go on.

4) Some people love to over share- Seriously over share. It seems like many people online love to talk about their perversions.  Are they shared to gauge a reaction and not their reality? Probably.  But let me say, my eyes have been open to a variety of things that growing up Catholic in Connecticut sheltered me from.

Through Facebook, I have rekindled friendships with people from my past.  It is nice to see what people are up to nowadays, however, some things these people share are TMI!  If you would not tell someone these details f2f, why are you sharing it with your 500 closest friends?

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