• Do Use the King’s English: Everyone hates a grammar troll, but do use spell check and check to make sure you are not making common internet mistakes such as not knowing the proper way to use your and you’re, knowing the difference between their and there, and the oft confused lose and loose. Common grammar errors stick out like a sore thumb and unfortunately people do judge you by your appearance and on the Internet that means your spelling and grammar. Do make sure you peruse your status update a few times before clicking enter and make a habit of proofreading everything you send out on the internet. If you’re not sure, Google. It takes a few seconds and it means the difference between someone taking you seriously and someone dismissing you because of a simple error that could easily be fixed.
• Don’t Use Social Media to Vent: One of the best things you can do for your social profile in general is to wean yourself away from complaining. It is human nature to want to vent to others our frustrations, but be aware that every time you do that, you are taking an emotional toll on the other person and they may begin avoiding you in public or “unsubscribe” from your status updates on social media. Status updates are not a forum for you to air your daily grievances. In day-to-day life, there are usually only a few people we can really trust to listen to our complaints without judgment, and if you find yourself bitching too much, stop. It doesn’t matter how justified you are in your anger, you still come across as a negative person that no one will want to be around.
• Do Be Polite: Bottom line is, think before you press send. Nowhere is the ten-second rule more important than on the Internet. Breathe. Take a moment and think. The minute something is out in cyberspace you cannot take it back. Even my children know that, thanks to Phineas and Ferb. Yes, we see snarkiness and rudeness everywhere, but unless you have a Teflon ego that can take the consequences of the inevitable social backlash that will cause, don’t do it. Celebrities known for their snarkiness and no holds barred humor are paid big bucks to be that way, and well, most of us are not. It’s very easy to forget that there is another human being with feelings on the other end of that computer, but don’t. It’s also a pretty good idea to keep in mind when you are looking at your potential date’s profile to determine whether you want to spend time with the other person or not. The golden rule never gets old. Treat people how you wish to be treated and you will find yourself leading a much more pleasant and hassle free existence not only online, but also in life.
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