Trolling

Trolling

The Keyboard Warrior Variant

Photo by Sergi Kabrera on Unsplash

People have always found making hurtful comments to others a part of life, but since the advent of the internet, and particularly, social media, it has become all too easy for people to make even more comments, and to potentially make someone’s life a misery, even to the point when they can see no escape other than death.

So many young people, in particular, are brought up to believe that being liked online is one of the main goals of life. They spend hours and hours trying to take the perfect selfie, that will get them the most likes, loves, shares, and retweets.

In our culture, we also now have a new breed of bully. The people who, if you’re trying to be nice, you would call ‘keyboard warriors’… These people could be the most shy, quiet people in real life, but give them a computer, and they can become the biggest bully in the whole world.

People don’t seem to realise how much the odd mean comment can hurt, particularly if the person it is aimed at is young and vulnerable.

I am so glad that social media wasn’t a thing when I was at school. I really don’t think I would have dealt very well with the criticism at all.

Thing I’m trying to get at, is that it’s easy to say things from behind a computer screen, but would you say them to the person’s face. If the answer is no, then maybe those comments would be better kept to yourself.

When deciding whether to make a comment, there is a simple acronym… you’ve probably heard it before…

THINK

T = Is it TRUE?

H = Is it HELPFUL?

I = Is it INSPIRING?

N = Is it NECESSARY?

K = Is it KIND?

This is an excellent way for us to make sure that we are only putting out positivity into people’s lives. There is so much hate in the world already, let’s not add to it…


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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