Are you rude? Are you more rude online than you are in person?
According to analysis of studies conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, and, separately, the Synovate market research group, people are ruder online than off, and, generally speaking, technology seems to be a license to behave more poorly (witness those who conduct conversations, loudly, on their cell phones in public places).
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While this probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who spends any amount of time online (either as the giver or receiver of rudeness) it is a bit surprising to learn that people actually realize the levels of rudeness to which they have sunk (risen?)
Explains Steve Levine, Vice President of Synovate, “Poor tech etiquette is something most of us don’t really think about as we pick up our cellphones or send an email.”
In fact, the studies found that more than a third of all Internet users polled admitted that they used language or words online which they wouldn’t use in person.
Well fnck that.
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