There’s bad news: It’s likely that you — completely unintentionally of course — have been an asshole on the internet. People were probably mad at you. Even people you know in real life. Hey, it’s not your fault (well it is, but this is a judgement-free zone); everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is that you learn from those mistakes and do better in the future. Much, much better. And to make doing better easier, we’ve come up with a handy list of tips (print them out, put them on the fridge) that will make navigating internet etiquette even easier!
Don’t Be A Hypocrite
The reality is that we don’t always play by our own rules. Often because the rules we have made are crazy as hell. But, you can’t trot that out on social media and not expect to get called out by everyone who catches it. And, new people will constantly be stumbling on it and catching it, so prepare for a lifetime of being called out.
For example, the tag #ShirtlessShamers2016 brings up image after shirtless image of men alongside their comments chastising girls for being half-naked and thirsty. Instead, those men should be consistent and enjoy all people in various stages of undress, potential thirst notwithstanding.