Why is there so much rudeness?

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by KB1975 KB1975 Member

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2BRN123

2BRN123

166 Posts

Hi, I'm new here. Most of my posts are too long and to wordy. Mostly because I don't want to come off sounding like a jerk.

I've noticed rampant negatively also. It stinks :(, especially for us noobs. It's cause for wonder, if a topic is so banal...if the the respondent is so offended by the OP's trite postings, why even respond? Not everyone is interested in a 1 sentence baseball bat to the face answer to a question or response to an idea.

Yes, this is the internet, yes the world of nursing is big and we've got all kinds of personalities here but there still is a thing in this world called "tact".

Shouldn't we as a community of individuals in a profession that is disposed toward empathy and compassion participate in likewise types of discussion?

KB1975

KB1975

53 Posts

Darkstar- that is exactly what I mean about compassion :yelclap:.

What concepts~~>>Emotional Internet and "smellovision tv" LOL

BeenThereDoneThat74, MSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 27 years experience. 1,937 Posts

I did not read any replies, but I will give you three reasons:

a) The majority of us are women

b) a good number of the members here are students, and students are incredibly stressed out (rightfully so)

and

c) this is the internet. You need to consider this one as possibly most important. More than half the messages here are unfiltered posts. Meaning, if you had the same conversation IRL, it would go very differently. Most people do not have the nerve to speak the way they write, whether it be here, facebook, or wherever they spend their cyber-time. We are talking to total strangers, and there are essentially no consequences for what we say. And some people thrive on their internet persona (that is very different than their real persona).

Darkstar1485, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric and Mental Heath. Has 4 years experience. 196 Posts

I've noticed rampant negatively also. It stinks :(, especially for us noobs. It's cause for wonder, if a topic is so banal...if the the respondent is so offended by the OP's trite postings, why even respond? Not everyone is interested in a 1 sentence baseball bat to the face answer to a question or response to an idea.

exactly. for the most part, if i think a post is trivial or petty, i wont respond. if it's not a personal attack against me im not going to add my :twocents:. why rain on someone's parade or be ants at a picnic?

Darkstar1485, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric and Mental Heath. Has 4 years experience. 196 Posts

Darkstar- that is exactly what I mean about compassion :yelclap:.

What concepts~~>>Emotional Internet and "smellovision tv" LOL

LMAO! The world would be a better place! Well, minus cat litter and febreze commercials and we cant forget those lovely abortion threads!!

KB1975

KB1975

53 Posts

LOLOL Darkstar!!!

...or the smelly locker rooms haha

2BRN123

2BRN123

166 Posts

We are talking to total strangers, and there are essentially no consequences for what we say.

There is a consequence though and it's the perpetuation of these kinds of ****** behaviors ON and OFFLINE.

I'm not a nurse yet but I still like to come here and share my experiences with people who aren't as far along in the process, anything to help. We reap what we sow.

If we expect to change our experiences on the floor, why not try to help and nurture our "young" before they get there instead of bludgeoning them with indifference and matter-of-factness?

elprup, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience. 1,005 Posts

Just think, if all of us 590,000 + allnurses members did get along, we could change nursing for the better!

Hygiene Queen

2,232 Posts

Just think, if all of us 590,000 + allnurses members did get along, we could change nursing for the better!

You never give up, do you?

lol

RLtinker, LPN

282 Posts

I think there are many reasons,

Is the poster just being strait to the point and is that coming off as rude when they don't mean too? Or are they just rude?

Does the poster think the OP is being lazy and could easily find the information with a simple search? Or does the OP doesn't really know how to find the answer?

Does the poster think the OP is asking others to do their homework for them? Or is the post just really courteous and looking for new in site?

Is it a thread that has been started many times before?

Is the poster having a bad day?

Is the poster just mean spirited?

Is the poster just being sarcastic and it is being taken the wrong way?

ect.

We don't know.

Its easy to take things out of context on the internet, since it is difficult to interpret a persons tone and intention in writing and we don't personally know each other. We don't know what is really going on in each others lives. We don't know each others work values, we don't know if some studied an hour before the test or spent 10 hours studying,we don't know if someone is really a victim or has a victim mentality. When it comes to a poster or OP intention we can only guess?

buytheshoes11, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Neuro, Respiratory. Has 5 years experience. 127 Posts

It's hard to understand the tone of many posts online, whether you are on this site or another. I think where some posters are just being to-the-point and maybe even blunt, some other people may misconstrue this as rudeness. Not to say that there aren't rude people online though.

MattNurse

MattNurse, MSN, RN

Specializes in med-tele/ER. Has 39 years experience. 154 Posts

agree with OP, I have tried to help nursing students in past on this message board but it seems like I just get accused of doing a student's homework, rather then just copying and pasting a bunch of stuff they do not need.

I have been a nurse for close to 40 years and thought it would be nice to interact with students struggling with care plans and various other assignments, but instead you answer a question and people freak out.

I just ignore those poster's now.