They say that before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes, but what they don’t say is that walking in someone else’s shoes is a lot easier said than done. We should all try to empathize with our fellow human being more, but it’s a lot easier to put yourself in the place of a friend you just had an argument over someone in a different world and a different culture.

That’s why Facebook is instituting an initiative called “2G Tuesdays,” when the office Internet will slow down to the speeds you’d find in rural India and other under-served parts of the globe. The goal of the initiative is to make employees constantly aware that everyone doesn’t have blazing-fast Internet that loads up all pages in a matter of seconds.

It’s a great idea. It’s easy enough to test a webpage on a slow speed to see how it would perform, but it’s harder when you have to be patient all day long for a variety of things, rather than the one specific thing that you expect to take a while. By forcing employees to use those same slow speeds for all of their daily tasks, perhaps they’ll empathize more with their lesser privileged counterparts and be more driven to produce simple, fast-loading pages.

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