I used to enjoy social media, Facebook, Twitter etc, but for the past twelve months I’ve seen a rise in the number of Keyboard Warriors. If you don’t know what they are, here’s a definition from the Oxford English Dictionary:
A person who makes abusive or aggressive posts on the Internet, typically one who conceals their true identity.
‘she seems a down-to-earth person who does not deserve to be vilified by keyboard warriors’
Whatever happened to respect?
It puzzles me as to why someone in discussion with others suddenly feels the need to type out vitriol that often leaves the victim in a state of stupor as though a bucket of ice cold water had been dropped on them. All because they have a different opinion. Whatever happened to respect?
Amazingly, I’ve noticed when one keyboard warrior start their misspelt tirades, it’s not long after that others join in, like a gang of wild virtual hyenas. The grammar, not that there was much in the first place, takes a back seat as swear words, insults and anything that will help to cave the victim into a blubbering mess. Over what? Because someone had a different opinion? Unbelievable.
The Brexit vote, U.S and U.K elections
The Brexit vote, the recent Presidential elections in the U.S and the general election here in the U.K seemed to bring it all to a head. Trump voters calling opposers ‘snowflakes’ which soon evolved into much worse and often included derogatory terms like douchebag, muppet etc. Obviously, there were far more dreadful outrages of bile than I could or would type here.
There’s something very similar to road rage going on. People getting behind a wheel of a car and suddenly have a complete personality change to that of psychopath. I find it very depressing, normal human beings acting with such aggression knowing they’re safe hiding behind the protection of their computer screen. If ever these people were in charge of countries it wouldn’t be long before World War 3 broke out.
As I said earlier, I used to enjoy social media, meeting different minds and sharing thoughts, photos, art, whatever. It was all very nice and pleasant. I really hope the aggression stops and people start to show more respect to each other. In the meantime, I’m happy to be blogging where the community spirit is so much friendlier.
Apologies for writing a blog post that’s more serious than my usual posts, but I just felt I needed to say something about the aggression.