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Because online communications usually lack face-to-face interaction, it can be easy to forget that there are real people at the other end of the computer.

Talking to someone in person allows us to easily empathize with them, because we see their facial expressions, reactions, and emotions.

The distance created by online interactions makes it easier to speak without thought or consideration, because you don't have to personally witness the effects of your words.

This means people are more likely to say things online that they wouldn't say in person.

To compensate for this, take time to consider and contemplate your words before communicating them online.

When in doubt, ask yourself if this is something you'd be willing to say in person.

On the other hand, try to give others some leeway in their online communications with you; they may not be quite as well-versed in netiquette as you are.

While it may be necessary to point out a factual error, or misleading information, it is still usually possible to do this while maintaining a respectful tone.

Being insulting or abusive in your online interactions is obviously frowned upon.

Lastly, always try to remember that your comments can reach unintended audiences.

Nothing you say online can ever be completely erased.

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