As we move more and more toward living in complete isolation, our behavior changes. Some might say it’s only natural, and a good thing. But for me, this situation online is beyond stupid and dangerous. In this post, we will look at some reasons why online anonymity is not a good thing for the world.
Lack of Consequences
It is said that anonymity helps facilitate freedom of speech and expression. People can express themselves however they like, without fear of consequences. But is this truly a good thing? In a time when everyone’s opinions are out there anyway, what do we have to fear?
The lack of causality in this matter has done more harm than good. Now you can be as stupid, evil, obnoxious, or toxic, and get away with it. The reality of people is no longer the fact that if you flap your gums at the wrong person, you might get in trouble. And I mean serious trouble, not the kind where they try to cancel you as per Social Media rules.
General courtesy of people diminishes, as the politeness and healthy censoring of the self disappears. Yet, in the real world, out there, you will still use it. Isn’t it funny, how the most ridiculous people online are rarely that in truth? Like Gerald in South Park, when he was going out trolling. Toxic in the night, decent during the day.
The sickness reigns supreme
And I say sickness as someone who has been sick. Dr. Peterson talked about it quite a bit in a podcast with Joe Rogan. The case seems to be that this online environment is the prime spot for all the crazies to live in. They cause havoc and become even more sick and twisted because nobody can correct their behavior.
Why do we allow this online, when we will not tolerate it in real life? Well, at least I hope we will not tolerate it. Although I’m getting the feeling we are slipping as a society and are about to plunge headfirst into a pit. The toxic, vile bile of the mentally ill should never be allowed to take over the streets. Are we civilized, or are we beasts?
I wrote about my Borderline Personality Disorder in the past. And I am not proud of my behavior. There is no justification for the levels of unacceptable behavior I exhibited. And online? I was as reckless as I wanted to be, after all, I hid behind a character, a nickname. Only after meeting someone from a different world, I was able to understand. The consequences of my actions saved me and allowed me to start healing. To become civilized.
Twisting reality becomes normal
Fake news, misinformation, all the things we once knew are no longer reliable. Usually, this type of content is not an issue. The lone wolf and their conspiracies don’t concern us much. But when it becomes a war effort, be it social or actual, well, now we have an issue.
I can’t go through my accounts without bumping into some random posts about topic ‘x’. This is the truth! And anyone who doesn’t agree with it is a terrible person worthy of at least social punishment!
When did it become acceptable to go en masse to protest against the physical, and objective realities of life? Not to even talk about the disgusting lies regarding certain parts of the world. A trend online seems to be to deny even the actual history of the world. This manifests in a major way with people who deny the Holocaust, for example. Isn’t this an illness of the mind?
My identity is sacred.
Yet, it can be stolen and used in nefarious ways. All the Keanus and Elons of the world seem to try to befriend me on my main platform, X. Is there truly nothing that can be done about them? I’m not saying that the platforms should ask for our IDs, but something. Anything! It’s so ridiculously easy to just pick up someone’s photo and portray yourself as them.
The world as a whole should stop pretending like we don’t have the means to snuff out the criminals. These Social Media giants know more about us than we probably know about ourselves. How come they can’t figure out how to thwart the troll congregation? Or is it not profitable?
With covid, we all saw how easy it is for the governments to find us. And how easy it is to get our information because we give it out so willingly. Perhaps it is time for us normal citizens to stop being so gullible, as well. To take our identities into our own hands. As much as we can, anyway.
What am I raving about, anyway? Google already knows what I’ve watched, where I’ve been, what I’ve said… My identity is already lost in the bit space, used by the sharks of the world. Perhaps it was not that sacred after all.
Anonymity encourages cowardice
There is a time and place of anonymity, and usually, you can do it even when talking with authority. When calling in about a gunman on the street, you don’t have to give them your name. For protection. Now that’s a reason to want some anonymity, after all, we don’t want to become the target for that.
But then there is the social justice warriors anonymous. Those who care so much about the cause they dare not be seen associated with it. And yes, while some people will keep being idiots through their lives, it’s nothing to be scared about. In the streets of Finland, or EU, your butt will be very safe, no matter who or what you are.
If we have pride in ourselves and believe in the cause, why are we afraid? The only ones in today’s society that need to be scared are those about to harm others. In my opinion, if you can not support your cause as yourself, don’t support it. Evidently, you have an underlying issue with the cause if you can’t be associated with it. Perhaps that is not a good cause to support.
We are human
All of us, on this planet, are human. Well, other than the monsters among us, but you get the point. The rules of engagement should not change because we moved from real life to online platforms. Being courteous and civil are not negotiable in everyday life. You know this, and I know this.
If you are someone who prefers to put on a role over being themselves, please, get help. That’s not good for you or for anyone around you. You will bring the world down with you, or at least die trying. Is that who you want to be? A toxic, narcissistic troll? I didn’t think so.
If we used all the energy we use on being idiots online to develop the self, oh that would be world-altering! If all the efforts put into spreading misinformation were instead directed into solving the problem… Just think about it.
The next time you want to be a jackass because there’s no retribution – take a deep breath, and realize that you could be someone better. And think about this: I may not know you, but there is one thing I know for sure. You have the potential to change the world. To become a light onto the nations. Why not try it out?