Thursday, March 20, 2014

How to Deal with Trolls and Insults Online

We have ALL been trolled at some point online whether it be on a twitter status update, instagram photo, facebook comment or youtube video. The internet has allowed trolls to run on a rampage shielded by a screen of anonymity and random usernames. It's hard to not let it get under your skin. Especially if they make it personal by calling you a name or insulting your looks. The knee-jerk reaction is to fire back and let the troll have it. That is exactly what the troll wants you do. This is called "feeding the troll". You see, the person behind the screen is bored and wants attention. Perhaps in real life they are a complete and total loser. It could also be a case of them having nothing better to do with their time. So they post a rude comment with hopes that you will respond and give them that much sought after attention that they are longing for in the real world. The best way to handle it is to keep your emotions in check and not take it personally. Then do the following. 

1 -  Block That Shit
Block them. Don't let them respond or comment anymore. You can block them on facebook, twitter, youtube and instagram. This will prevent them from contacting you again unless they sign in under a different name. In which case you can block that name too. If you simply block them and don't respond then it takes away everything from them.

2 - Avoidance
Just ignore them. Don't even respond. If they don't get a rise out of you and you leave them be, they are going to look like a total jackass for making the comment and everyone is going to see how rude they were.

3 - Delete It
You don't have to sit there and re-read that comment and think about the nasty thing they posted. Just delete it. They were out of line and you don't need to have that kind of negativity on your social media. Remove it and the BS is gone.