Do you remember sitting in a chat
room, watching people chat, or even chatting yourself? Do you remember receiving so many forwards that your mailbox was ready
to explode? How about receiving an e-mail from someone just searching for a friend. Did you wonder who these people might
be that are behind the keyboard?
Online we meet new people from all around the world.
Some we chat with just once and then we go on. Others we chat with time and time again, and a friendship is made. Others become
our e-mail buddies, and we look forward to their e-mails each day, but have you ever really wondered who was really behind
So often we meet a friend in chat we stay up all night chatting, sometimes
we laugh so hard we cannot type, other times we cry and our keyboards are stained from tears. We chat about our lives and
help solve each others' problems, we lend a shoulder if we can. Did you ever think to yourself, who is really behind that
Did you ever chat with someone that promised you the world and that your friendship
will be forever, and then they are gone? Do you forget about them and move on, or do you wonder "who was that person really,
that was behind the keyboard?
Have you ever hid behind your keyboard, pretending to be
something you are not, just to boost your ego? As you sat there and typed have you ever lied, thinking "who cares, the person
behind the keyboard, it is only a fake person?" Did you ever hurt someone thinking "it's only a game"?
Well, behind each and every keyboard are very real people, some might be heartless cold people, not caring
who they hurt, but then there are people that are caring, loyal, honest and all kinds of people hoping for some companionship
Behind the keyboard can be someone who is seriously depressed and their only
hope is to make a friend, maybe an aging person who once had a family, but now they live too far apart to see one another,
perhaps there is someone that cannot walk anymore or a person so ill they are in the house forever.
we enter the world of the Internet we should remember, it is a very real world and behind each and every keyboard is a person
who has a heart. No one has a life that is pain free, so as we go online whether in chat or just e-mailing, we must remember
to treat each person the way the we want to be treated, to respect each others' feelings, and to offer friendship, because
the truth is we really do not know who is behind the keyboard or what kind of hurt someone may be feeling. To be the best
to others that you can be should be the "key" to a good, honest life.
Christina, behind her keyboard