Real Simple has started a unique and worthwhile project. They designated January 9 through January 13, 2012 as the first official Be Nice on the Internet Week. What a novel and important proposal.
Have you ever been treated unkindly online? It has happened to me more times than I care to mention. Nobody I know is immune to the type of emotional pain caused by extreme rudeness that can occasionally reach the point of very personalized attacks.
Some think that advances in technology and increased access to mobile internet has aggravated the situation. In a recent opinion piece, writer and talk show host George Smith asks asks this question: Does it seem to you that the more technologically advanced we've become, the more antagonistic, nosy, uncaring and uncivil we seem to be?
I support a return to civility and wholeheartedly endorse Real Simple and the Be Nice on the Internet Week. If you want more information about the movement, please check it out. Register online if you want them to send you email updates. The only thing they ask for is your email address.
Real Simple offers a free tech etiquette manual, suggestions for proper facebook behavior, and other cool tips to help promote proper internet communication.
Hopefully the idea will catch on. What do you think? How has internet rudeness or cyber-bullying affected you? Are you fed up with the terrible way some people treat others online? Will you observe Be Nice on the Internet Week with me? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject?