Question: Do you treat online people the same as offline people?



This should be a fun question to think about, specially if you sometimes wonder whether you are a true friend or a true business person. Do you treat the people you know online, friends and others, the same way you treat friends and others in the offline world?

I talked about the possibility of treating online friends like offline friends earlier this year, and SP and Vera offered excellent views and opinions regarding the topic, like how it can be hard to find out if a person is a true friend online, or how online friends have something in common with you. Among some other variations, you could be treating online people the same, better or a bit worse or less than the way you treat your offline friends.

Examples of treating online people the same, better or worse/less than offline people

Treating online people the same as offline people : you consider offline people to be true friends, you can talk to either offline or online and be satisfied, you give offline and online people the same priorities, etc.

Treating online people better than offline people : you trust and share your life with online people more than offline people, you prefer spending time with online people more than offline people, etc.

Treating online people worse/less than offline people : you trust offline people more than online people, you may also think online people can be inferior compared to the online people because of the online nature of things, you prefer talking in person instead of talking online, you avoid sharing personal stories with others online, etc.

Do you treat online people the same as offline people?

What is your opinion on this? Do you treat online people the same as offline people? How do you treat and compare the two?

Thank you. :)