I’ve mentioned in previous posts about how hate and nastiness is quite a big part of being online. Being anonymous and hiding behind a screen seems to make people grow balls and say things they usually wouldn’t stay to someone’s face.
I’m not here to talk about my personal experiences, though, I’m here to talk about one argument that is often thrown back at those who are the victim of internet hate and trolls:
If your post your life publicly, you deserve to get hate.
I HATE THIS ARGUMENT SO MUCH.
Posting parts of your life on the internet doesn’t mean other people have the right to be assholes to you.
Since when does sending a Tweet, writing a blog post or posting a photo on Instagram give people the right to pick apart the way you look, how you stand, how you dress, how you style your hair, how you parent your children, how you live your life?
YouTubers get it so bad. In almost every video I watch, if I scroll through the comments I see negativity. From a simple (and acceptable) ‘I disagree’ to a very heated ‘get cancer and die’. Parents get accused of child abuse, vegans get accused of ramming veganism down people’s throats, meat eaters get accused of being selfish for endorsing animal cruelty when they have a responsibility to set an example. You’re too fat, too thin, your boobs are showing and you’re a slag. You talk about periods and mental health too much, you don’t talk about enough about real life issues and make out you live a perfect life that’s damaging to others. You’re gross. You look like you gained weight, are you sure this diet is working? Those lines on your forehead are awful, you look like you’ve had too much botox. You look anorexic, eat a burger. Your parents should have aborted you.
I don’t understand why these people can’t just stop watching the videos of people they hate, or stop reading their blogs. Unf0llow them on Instagram. Mute them on Twitter. THESE ARE ALL ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS THAT HURT NOBODY’S FEELINGS.
It’s almost as if they love hating so much they keep on watching these people so they can hate them more and say awful things to them.
But why? Why would you want to have so much anger and hate inside you? Surely it’s much more fun to follow the lives of people that inspire you and make you want to better yourself? To follow those that make you laugh and teach you new things?
I don’t get it. I honestly do not.
After writing this post, I read this post by Amber: Stop the Internet, I want to get off. She says it much better than me. So it’s worth checking out.