I would like to think I’m quite friendly on social media. However, despite the friendliness during my interactions with people I have not met and don’t really know, I’ve encountered some rude @ mentions and replies.
Thank god these are just rare cases but it makes me wonder, Where are our manners during our interactions on social media like Twitter and Facebook.
Why are some people not shy to ask personal questions? Why do some people think they’re allowed to say something bad about someone just because of one tweet?
Just because that person is not infront of us face-to-face, we’re allowed to say anything we want behind our computer screen?
Let’s not even talk about our interactions with strangers… what about our own friends?
How many of us have seen our friendship ruined because of our online interactions?
VitalSmarts, a US corporate training company, carried out a survey with 2,698 people.
Among the findings, as published at RT.com:
– 78% of participants reported an escalation in rudeness on social media
– 1 in 5 users noticed a reduce in contact with people that knew in real life after an escalation online
– 2 in 5 went to the extend of blocking or ‘unfriending’ their friends.
“The world has changed and a significant proportion of relationships happen online but manners haven’t caught up with technology. What really is surprising is that so many people disapprove of this behaviour but people are still doing it,” said VitalSmarts co-chair Joseph Grenny .
I love social media, but don’t forget our manners, ya?