The ‘Tough Guy’ Internet Effect

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So, what prompts me to write about our internet machismo today? Actually, just a country song by Brad Paisley called “online”. In the song he paints a picture of a 40-year-old virgin-esque type of man who lives at home with his parents. This ‘momma’s boy’ is unhappy with his life and who he is. So, he creates an online version of himself that more or less isn’t who he is.

Which, leads me into what I want to discuss for this evening… (Now, this is purely my observation so if you have some complaints take it up with _______ , okay?) Anyways, I’ve noticed that anything online gives you a certain sense of security, and with security comes the feeling of power (when it comes to the internet). Power, with the internet in mind, leads people to say or type things they would normally refrain from saying in person. Suffice it to say we forget ourselves and our manners. I myself forget this important fact at times. It is easier to confront someone through the 6 inch screen of your cell phone than it is to confront the 6 foot tall person IN person.  

Look, the bottom line is that we are in the technology age. An age where our man to man conversations are done over Skype, our phone calls have turned into IM’s, and our “water-cooler” chats have turned into texts. It has become the norm to, in a sense, hide ourselves behind the seemingly impregnable internet. We must remind ourselves that our words have real life repercussions even if we don’t realize them when we type them. *This goes for anything we do on the internet.*

My suggestion: act as if the person is in the room with you. Would you say the thing you were going to type out if he/she was standing there next to you?

So thank you Mr. Brad Paisley for giving me the inspiration to write this blog post. You are as humorous as your are talented sir.

I do not own this picture pulled from tiannabezzina’s blog (all credit goes to her)

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