In the world of growing online communications, following just a little bit more mindfulness and forethought can help you put the best foot forward. As such, our digital manners matter more than ever. Some countries fare better in this regard while some lag far behind. Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index finds which countries better adhere to the customary code of polite behavior online.
Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index findings
Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index ranks 22 countries by order of online civility. It measures people’s exposure to online risks in different types of online interactions, such as trolling, mean behavior or harassment. The index also gives a glimpse of teen and adult perceptions about the extent to which they are at risk of damaging online interactions.
The findings show developed economies like the United Kingdom and the United States perform better, with several other countries improving their standing over the past three years (Microsoft established its Digital Civility Index in 2017).
Having said that, it is found, adverse behavior still persists, and people still suffer from emotional and psychological damage due to their online interactions.
So, how can one avoid such unpleasant instances? By following and practicing safer, healthier online interactions in everyday life.
- Show empathy – The golden rule is to understand and share the feelings of another. So, act with empathy in most of your daily interactions and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- Pause before replying – A momentary pause and examining one’s own thoughts or feelings before shooting a mail can avoid unintended harm to someone. So, apply this golden rule of never replying in anger or with a quip that seems funny at the time but can be misconstrued later.
- Respect differences – Spark inspiration in communication by acknowledging diverse perspectives and appreciating it. It is equally important to bear in mind that any disagreement should be about the substance of the work rather than a personal attack.
- Stand up for yourself and others – Inculcate an appropriate way to respond and not react. Try not to perpetuate the issue but solve it amicably.
For more information, you can visit Microsoft Newsroom.