There are a lot of basket cases out there--both in the physical world and in the virtual one.
The New York Times today has an article by Henry Alford about people who act or are mainly just perceived as creepy online.
He gives examples of people who take out their smartphones (with cameras) in the locker room, who show their online photos and whoops there's an indecent doozie, who mistakenly send a critical email to the wrong person or distribution list, who say the wrong thing online because of autocorrect or autofill, and who act the detective looking up too much information about others.
At the end, Alford calls for "more tolerance toward the gaffe-makers."
And while we should be good people and forgive genuine mistakes, some things are not accidents and deserve the seal of "ick!"
Here's the list of 6 Internet Creepoids to seriously beware of:
1) Overly Cyber Friendly or Familiar: People who chat, text, email, or comment in a way that portrays an inappropriate knowing or intimacy with others.
2) Cyber Stalkers: Those who unsolicitedly and unwanted or obsessively follow, friend, monitor, or harass others on the Internet.
3) Internet Trolls: Individuals who giddily sow discord with argumentative, inflammatory or extraneous messages online narcissistically or just to be jerks.
4) Cyber Exhibitionists or Voyeurs: People who inappropriately or compulsively expose themselves or watch others naked or engaged in sexual activity online.
5) Cyber Impersonators or Identity Thieves: Those who falsify their identities by exaggerating or masking their true selves, pretend to be someone else, or otherwise steal someone's online identity.
6) Cyber Freaks: Individuals who behave online in extreme unusual, unexpected, and frightening ways.
So while some things are innocent or accidentally creepy from otherwise nice and decent people, other actions are genuinely such from the real online creepoids. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)