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Don't Leave Rude Anonymous Comments
This kind of communication doesn't really happen between friends, of course. At least, I hope your friends aren't leaving rude anonymous comments on things of yours. But it is something to keep in mind as we all go about our lives on the Internet. It's so easy to write something mean-spirited without thinking about the fact that there is a real person behind the words that you see on the screen. Well. I guess it's so easy. I wouldn't know. I don't leave rude comments because some people need to have a sense of civility. And the fact that this burden falls on my shoulders? Is a little weighty, I've got to say. But we should all keep it in mind. Rude comments are a waste of everyone's time.
Do Say Nothing If You Have Nothing Nice to Say
The main lesson with all these modern communication rules is that no one is forcing you to say anything. You can keep your mouth shut and your fingers still and everything will be just fine. So consider being quiet instead of saying something nasty. Or better yet? Use some emoji! Emoji are a great way to express yourself if you can't find the right words. And then everyone will be happy. Which is all I want, really. For everyone to be happy.
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