How Safe Is Online? (The Word War) [E]

[E] means that the article has explicit and/or sensitive content that is not suitable for children, and can be offensive for some. Read at your own risk.

This is the first time that I’ll be writing this kind of article, raising awareness about certain issues beyond the appropriate level. You’re free to express your opinions, but please make it relevant and avoid profanity.

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Nowadays, people spent a fraction of their lives on social media and internet. Most of their time online is spent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like. Sometimes, you’ll never know when some unwanted online user, someone you literally met exclusively online and is considered an outsider, started posting such nasty and provocative statements at you, at your post, or through a private message.

How could this happen? You’d ask, I don’t have a problem with posting a selfie of my flashy outfit on my wall. So what’s with this kind of comment? Like you weren’t aware of what you’re posting on social media, knowing that it can possibly hurt your online image. And from an outsider? That’s ridiculous!

People’s statements can trigger another word war. With a comment like “what if all the bullies are dead” or “I hope all of the serpents (deceptively manipulative people) die and go to purgatory”, expect some nasty comments from the affected online users. I admit that I wanted to post something like that, aiming at my high school bullies, but thought better of it. Besides, am I really capable of doing damage?

Speaking of capability, people tend to be reckless with their hurtful and insulting comments. With all of their status posts containing hate messages, it’s not surprising that most people took it as an offense and would get back at that online user with an even more hurtful and insulting comments, forcing that user to deactivate the account.

Articles too, they’re not exempted in this case. With all the crabs (people pulling other people down, possibly derived from crab mentality) lurking around and trying to discourage people from believing what was written, especially if it’s about good news on development. Such pessimists they are. They’ll be the ones missing/losing out.

If you want to see more of these nasty comments, try reading a news article (I suggest reading articles on controversial topics) and observe what these netizens (a portmanteau of network/internet and citizen) react to that topic. See if your mind wouldn’t burst at those negative comments that can possibly make you get back at them for ruining that particular moment.

There’s more to it than just bashing and insulting people online though. Memes, which generally aims to bring out the humor in every situations or personality, can be offending to some. Discriminatory too.

The future of the online world, with all of these factors unhealthy for the mind, can be quite terrible if these online users don’t possess refinement. I believe in the freedom of speech, but there are limits.

To A Healthier Mind And The Online World

Certain websites imposed restrictions on posts that can contain harmful elements such as insults, online defamation, profanity, unnecessary bashing, and the like. Netizens can also have the option to report or flag inappropriate comments and posts to the moderator. Offending online users may be warned and/or barred from posting inappropriate content.

But aside from imposing rules and restrictions on websites regarding such posts, keep in mind that you are responsible for everything you post online. You certainly know better than to let out a burst of angry messages aiming at your enemies.

The internet should be a channel for information, not conflict. Let the exchange of ideas and opinions flow without disrupting the peace. Online users, especially on social media, be responsible and stop being immature by being reckless with your unnecessary posts.

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