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Flamers and trolls and the online world we live in

I’m  going to be frank by asking, are people truly this stupid nowadays? I was playing a game recently – some of you may know Dota 2 – and by making one mistake, I get this person who I don’t even know trash talking me and tells me to kill myself. Really? Is this how people behave on the Internet nowadays? Is it because they are shielded behind their screen and prevented from saying that to my face? Would he behave differently had we meet each other in real life? It’s not only gamers, ‘Youtubers’ or really any online forums, social media, etc., will you find these types of people? People who are ill willed and pull no punches online.

I had a friend recently who told me, ‘you should just ignore them’. Yeah, I guess I can do that; however, it still dumbfounds me till this day that these are real people. These are people, strangers that you and I could potentially meet today or tomorrow. They may be the nicest people when face to face but suddenly they become a different person online. And even aside from the people who bad mouth seemingly out of enjoyment, there are those who speak as if what they say are facts and written in books and publishing. There is little to no humility on the Internet. I really don’t get it. It’s like these people wear some kind of facade where their online ego is tied to. And any time they admit that they’re wrong, it’s as if they would lose their house – something they cannot afford to do.

Unfortunately with all this said, I can’t offer up a solution. It’s just these are events I’ve occur over and over through my many hours online. In fact, now that I think about It, I’m perhaps guilty too (to a lesser extent in my opinion lol – some people just take it to the extreme, which are people this blog is about). I suppose the people found online especially in games or on Youtube are people still in their teens, so it shouldn’t be expected that they have the same level of maturity. However at times, I’ve visited these peoples blogs, profile pages and they are in their 30s and over. So, at the end of the day, I really don’t know. Perhaps it’s best to heed my friend’s advice and stay clear/ignore these types of people. There is after all a block function on Youtube and a mute function on the game Dota 2.

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2 responses

  1. Alex

    The dota comment was really funny, I gotta say. If someone rages that hard, it’s funny.
    IIRC dota has some kind of ranking system thingy so maybe s/he is OCD about it and
    losing just means they gotta spend moar time to achieve their goal.

    Well, as for people talking about what they think is fact, you don’t argue something you don’t believe in after all. One thing I wanted to mention about reading things online is that
    sarcasm doesn’t translate well, and in general the tone of a person’s comment doesn’t translate well either. So, something meant to be said jokingly in real life will appear as serious on a forum. And that’s how I see a good number of stupidness online starting lol.

    But, let’s not kid ourselves, there’s a lot of stupidness happening in the real world as well, the big difference between the internet and the real world is that the internet is free and easy to browse. If I had to relate the internet to real life, it’s like being able to walk into a room and hearing every conversation in perfect detail, able to play it back over and over again, save it and review for later. Basically, people just don’t have the means of taking in all the stupidness that happens in the world. But the internet allows them to do that through it’s easy connection.

    Also, for gaming, there are many people out there that view it as a competitive sport (lol) so when they lose, raging is not exactly out of the ordinary. It’s an ‘in the moment’ response, and for many an almost insignificant indicator of who that person is.

    I would think of it as having a really bad picture taken of yourself. It shouldn’t be used to judge people as a whole, though if the only evidence of a certain user is bad, then you may think otherwise.

    I just wanna end off with saying that, just like in real life, you should take interweb life with a byte of salt.

    September 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    • Alex

      Also, I forgot to mention.
      This ‘friend’ that told you to ignore them?
      He’s probably the greatest genius the world has ever known xD

      September 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm

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