The more time I spend online, the more it reminds me of the dog park.
Tell me if you haven’t seen these types, both online and in your local dog park:
The Lurker – She hangs out around the edges. You don’t even notice she’s there until you hear a little yip. And then you ask yourself, “Where did that one come from?”
The Aggressor – No matter what, this one is itching to pick a fight. And they don’t just pick fights with whoever is nearby. The Aggressor goes running across the park looking for someone just having fun and bares his teeth.
The Inappropriate Sniffer – Without much of an introduction, this one ends up muzzle deep in your nether regions. Dirty looks, ignoring, or snide comments do nothing to deter him.
The Social Butterfly – No matter how early you arrive, you never beat the Social Butterfly in greeting everyone else. They never stop socializing, not even to poop or drink.
The Barker – She has an opinion about everything and wants everyone to know it.
The Cliquester – Others will try to make friends with her but she only wants to play with the same dogs over and over again.
The Gone Missing – You see him every time for a while and then he suddenly disappears. You wonder what happened to him when he mysteriously shows up again months later.
The Please Be My Friend – So afraid of offending anyone, she’ll roll over on her back the first time she doesn’t get a warm and friendly greeting.
Everybody’s Best Friend – She has perfect greeting manners. Somehow she always knows who to greet exuberantly and who needs a slower approach. We need more of these, both online and at the dog park.
How else is the internet like the dog park?
- It’s not a good fit for everyone.
- You have to be vigilant while you’re there.
- No matter how many trash cans are around, it’s littered with sh*t.
- But there’s no better place for meeting new and interesting folks you’d never meet anywhere else.
Your Turn: Do you think the internet is one big dog park? If so, are you one of the dogs I mentioned? Or do you have a better dog park description for your online personality? (BTW, I’m probably 20% Lurker and 80% Barker.)
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