How Can You Be More Responsible Online?

These days, we all live a significant amount of our lives online. That naturally raises the question: how can we be responsible in our online lives?

Despite the fact that we have steadily increased the amount of time we spend online, not much good has come of it.

On a personal basis, the promise of the internet was to bring people together, even if separated by thousands of miles. While that happens, an increasing percentage of users feel more lonely and isolated than ever before. It is also true that it is remarkably easy to have your identity stolen.

Things aren’t much better on a societal level, either. On the plus side, anyone with an internet connection has access to a remarkable amount of information. Unfortunately, there is also more misinformation available as well. Rumors, lies, and conspiracy theories spread more quickly online than does the truth.

So what can we do about it?

One thing is for each of us to be more responsible in our online lives. This responsibility extends to how we protect our own information, how we behave to other online users, and what information we consume and share with others.

What, specifically, do you do to guard your personal information? What do you do to see someone as an individual when all they are to you is pixels on a screen? And how do you make sure you are not falling prey to hoaxes and lies that you might encounter on your internet travels?

Related questions: Can an internet friend be a true companion? Why does social media often bring out the worst in us? Are you addicted to your phone? What is your bubble?

1 thought on “How Can You Be More Responsible Online?”

  1. In several ways, I am a responsible online user. I don’t follow links that I feel are suspicious. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t spread misinformation. And I try to build and participate in responsible online communities. The last item includes:

    – Fighting the stigma and discrimination attached to mental illnesses.
    – Sharing about heirloom gardening and the need for seed diversity.
    – Keeping the groups I am just a part of, like travel communities, clean of spam and flamers.

    In other respects, I am not a beacon of privacy on the web. For example, I share a lot about my mental health difficulties. This sharing comes from a desire to put meaningful information into the online sphere. But it also means that, as a transparent person, I have provided a ton of information to be collected about me, whichever interests want to use it.

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