Thursday, 17 March 2016

How to Cut Your Internet Argument Addiction

You know how it goes. You're idly flicking through your news feed, or you scroll to the "comments" section at the bottom of a news article. Some of the comments are nice and innocent enough, some make valid points; but there's somebody who has said something so ignorant, so disgusting, that you feel your blood start to boil. Perhaps their comment has bypassed most peoples' attention, or perhaps there is already a vicious battle going on by the time you stumble across it. There are misinformed, ridiculous comments being made - and you know exactly what to say to them. You might even have a few facts to back yourself up. You click "comment" and find that you might even need to register with this website in order to have your say...

STOP right there! Before you get your virtual knickers in a twist, take a deep breath and think about what you're about to do. How often in a heated, online discussion do you see somebody saying "Wow, I really see your point. Thank you for putting it that way!" (without sarcasm) and politely shaking hands with everybody, thanking them for the intellectual exercise?