The internet is full of supporters, as well as, so called, haters and trolls.
One way to avoid them is simply to stay away from any kind of interaction platforms.
Jasper is one of those rare people.
In his 36 years of existance he has not once clicked on any kind of “like” button.
Not once I have seen him scrolling down to the comment section on YouTube.
The only reason why he once made an Instagram account was to look at videos of cute dogs running around.
Another way to avoid trolls is to read their comments, shrug your shoulders and go on with your life.
If you’re anything like me, you will notice that this is physically nor mentally possible.
(Of course it is, but you get what I mean).
When I see someone saying something so dumb or unworthy, I feel this aching desire to correct them or tell them “what it’s really like”.
And finally, the last way to avoid haters is for Social Media platforms to implement a “block” function.
And most platforms actually do have that function.
When I got introduced to the concept of keeping toxic people away, I have been able to block people without too much thought.
Both online and in person.
I simply cannot pretend to be friendly to everyone.
Neither I want to be unfriendly.
So, my strategy is to avoid.
WordPress has decided to have a half functioning blocking method.
You can actually block people so they cannot comment on your content, but you will still be able to see their site.
Including the comments they post on other people’s posts.
So it doesn’t necesarily solve the problem for someone like me.
A concept that I have seen on Reddit, is the up and down vote.
Meaning, you can like someone’s content, but you can also dislike it.
This caused so many negative feelings within me, it took me one day to quit it.
Some people might just click the thumbs down button for the sake of it.
Because writing something in respectable language is too much effort.
And we don’t want them to sweat.
Now, I am not a saint either.
I have had my fair share of anger outbursts on the internet.
But by using the block function I have been able to avoid making someone’s day terrible.
Of course, there is always the option to unblock and tell that person what a sack of wine they really are.
But finding that unblock button is too much effort.
And I don’t want to sweat either 😉
Have you ever blocked someone?
How do you react to trolls/haters on the internet?
What do you think of dislike/down vote options?