A computer is an object. Turned on, it’s millions of people.

I came across this nice little video about remembering that “at the end of every computer is a real person.”

Watch the three-and-a-half minute long video, and you’ll see that it communicates a stronger message that simply, “Words hurt.”

My personal policy now is that when you’re angry or impatient, focus on something else. Take time to cool off. Use lots of smilies — they make people feel good. Always reply as soon as possible, even if it’s just a polite “yes” or “no” (both are absolutely okay), because people’s time is valuable just like yours. Every day spent not returning an email is the same as not returning a phone call. If you’re too busy to commit, say so early. Appreciate the little gestures. Help when you can. Treat people like they’re your neighbors — they have lives, families, and problems, the same as you.

What’s your personal motto for engaging with other people from your computer screen? Have you had good or bad experiences online (or both)? Please take a moment to share.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who weighed in on last week’s poll! You can still vote if you want to!

2 thoughts on “A computer is an object. Turned on, it’s millions of people.

  1. Sarah

    I agree with you on this all the way. And I love the little video.

    Respect and kindness, always. Those are things I give freely until someone does something that isn’t worthy of them. It doesn’t always happen in return though, and I admit, I sometimes take it to heart and let it get to me. Especially if it’s happening to someone I care about.

    Remarkably, I haven’t had too many problems in the virtual world…..except for Facebook. My feed, other than about 20 of you, is a vicious, hateful bunch of people. I thought I had it taken care of, but lately I see more and more of it. It’s hard for me to go there to get the information I want – from bloggers, photographers, magazines, etc. – without noticing the other things that make me wince and my stomach hurt.The nastiness astounds me!

    Other than FB, my online life is a pretty happy place. I don’t give time to negatives….online or in person. I grew up in a house of hate and I’m not going to let it run my life like that again. That’s why I’m so sensitive to it now I suppose….

    Sorry to write so much! It’s one of those subjects that gets me going, you know? I hope you’re having a happy, terrific week Stephanie!!

    1. Stephanie

      Thank you for sharing, Sarah! I love your perspective. I understand completely about Facebook — unfortunately, it’s a hub for good and bad energy, and it’s a mess of information, opinions, and gossip. It can be hard to parse. I find that spending as little time on there as possible sometimes can be a big help in avoiding it. :)

      Have a happy, terrific week, too!

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