People at shul—and to an extent also people in general—that I meet IRL are quite nice.
Yet on other people’s discussion boards on here, it seems like there’s a lot of snark, mockery, and rudeness.
It seems like it snowballs and spirals… IIRC, research on this shows that people who get treated rudely then have greater chances of carrying hostility to their next human interaction. It thus turns into a toxic chain of events set into motion by one person acting like a jerk.
Maybe the online Jewish community should feel like a place of kindness, empathy, and refuge—mentally and emotionally? What do you think?
How do your real-life experiences in the Jewish community compare to online?
What can we do to rid ourselves of rudeness and apathy and to encourage kindness and empathy?