The Internet seems to be a magnet for nastiness, be it in the form of chat rooms, forums, social media or online pics. The anonymity of the world wide web sometimes makes it difficult to appreciate the very real consequences of our digital actions. However, why do these individuals feel the need to hate on the Internet? The answer is simple and in reality, lies within the individual's lack in their own confidence and self-esteem or because they feel that they can get away with this behaviour and throw it aside as a sport, fun, or banter. There's nothing wrong with criticism or sharing opinions, but often times the lack of limits or immediate feedback causes people to become rude and hurtful. Expressing a different opinion is always welcome, but being nasty, insulting, and rude when communicating online is unacceptable, no matter what side you're on or what objective you have. Just think of face-to-face conversations. No matter how valid a person's points are if he or she does it impolitely, they are often dismissed if their ideas are not expressed in a respectable manner. The same goes for online interactions, but it’s so easy to forget about this when we treat online communication like we’re hurling a rock at someone and then running away.
Pearl - I totally agree with your comments and I consider some are lacking courtesy. I have just looked at the meaning of the word courtesy in the Oxford English Dictionary and I see polite and considerate behaviour and polite speech. I am referring to this as it should be remembered when using this site for chat, forum or blog posts. I am not a daily contributor in fact I am somewhat irregular but I am saddened by the decline and from about six months ago, so may regular, funny and informative contributors appear to have disappeared and I wonder if the courteous aspect in the way we chat has something to do with it. It is easy to loose friends but more difficult to get them back. You may agree with my thoughts or disagree but they are MY thoughts.