Has the online world's cloak of anonymity led to a decline in civilized behaviour?It is true that the creation of e-space, namely a world online, has shrunk the world in the sense that it allows us to communicate with each other no matter which part of the globe we are in. It has created, too, social media sites and forum platforms wherein we can interact with each other via our keyboards. Admittedly, it is exciting to give our opinions and does help us to understand other's views on a wide variety of topics.
Does the cloak of anonymity which the online world drapes over us make us more uncivilized? Consider this: we are on virtual platforms. We are unlikely to meet face to face. Is this why we think it is perfectly Ok to be discourteous? Is this why we make cutting, often extremely rude remarks? Is this why cyber bullies are on the rise?
We spit out our words any which way, not caring two hoots about the emotional impact it creates on the recipient. Do we think - oh, well, they are not verbal words, it does not matter?
In face to face conversations, we may be less likely to be impertinent or downright uncouth, but something about being comfortably cocooned within the online quilt of anonymity is what perhaps brings out all that boorish, uncivilized behaviour.