Should You Censor Your Language Around New Friends?
With social networks like Facebook cropping up everywhere, it's got me wondering about online social etiquette.
If someone has the habit of swearing a lot (in general), should they censor their language in order to not offend new online friends/acquaintances, or should they just continue to be themselves?
Is censoring yourself another way of changing who you are, or is it just common courtesy to avoid foul language until you know whether the other person uses it too or not?
I swear a lot when I am talking to friends (bad habit!) but I never swear online. I think you need to really know your audience. You might feel bad if without meaning to, you offended somebody.
I don't think it's really "censoring" oneself. It's just, as you suggest, common courtesy to use language that would be considered appropriate for a "general audience".
I don't think it's just a matter of whether you'd offend someone else, but it can also be a matter of whether or not you care if people think you're someone who is socially skilled/refined enough to know that some language really is better kept between close friends. I'd see more as "editing" one's language than "censoring" it. People can still express themselves, for the most part. They just "edit out" stuff that may not be appropriate for a wider, general, audience (or a new friend one doesn't know very well).
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