What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘trolls’? I think of the creature that wandered into the girl’s bathroom in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Well, alright, Quirrell let the creature into the bathroom, but that’s beside the point.
Today’s post is a bit of a raw topic. Let’s just cut to the chase. We’re talking about the time-honored problem of online trolls. Yep, those pesky ‘keyboard warriors’ who think they rule the internet. Part of the discussion will focus on why people ‘troll’ and what you can do if you get trolled.
My Experience With Trolls
Before we dive into why people ‘troll’, let’s take a look at one of my recent experiences. I have a relatively unknown presence on social media. Although, I do spend a bit of time on Instagram.
Recently, I received notifications from my fanfiction.net account via email. The notifications were from an anonymous reviewer calling themselves King Arthur— original, right? Anyway, they commented on a Lion King one-shot I wrote forever ago. This so-called ‘fan’ had this to say:
Hold on, there’s more:
And, it didn’t stop there:
Pathetic, right? In my eyes, whoever this person was, is jealous of how successful the story was. Just looking at these tirades, this person couldn’t write a story, even if they wanted to. It’s clear this person has no idea what they’re writing and they can’t spell. Guess that’s one thing I have over them.
Once, I was even trolled on a local community Facebook group. I ended up deleting the post to stop the attacks. I didn’t want it to get out of hand. However, that’s a story for another time.
Why People Troll
It is a common fact that people who troll are insecure and prefer to hide behind a computer screen. They take their anger and frustration on the world out on innocent people they don’t know. It makes them feel superior while their victim appears powerless. Basically, it’s your typical form of cyber bullying.
Learning To Deal With Trolls
No matter how you want the trolls to disappear, they won’t. They will always be there, ready to cause mayhem. Even the world’s famous aren’t spared from trolling by these vultures of mayhem.
American late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel came up with the idea to have celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves. While all this is fun, the topic of cyber bullying is serious and needs to be addressed. Trolls can ruin people’s lives and make them do things like taking their own lives. How can someone sink so low as to want someone to harm themselves? It’s disgusting in every way, shape, and form.
Saikat Basu – a writer on makeusof.com – put together a listicle of five ways to deal with those pesky vultures — I mean, cyber bullies. You can find the article here.
I would now like to put my own two cents in about the subject.
• If you can’t resist biting back, think about the people who could be reading these comments. If you fuel the fire, it could spiral out of control.
• Back sass them, however. Don’t reply to their taunts.
• If the comments are posted on your website, delete the comments.
• If you aren’t sure of what you should do, ask someone you trust about what should be done.
Finally, no matter what you do, trolls are just going to keep existing. There isn’t anything you can do. However, you can stand up to them. Show them you aren’t afraid of what they can say about you. Ignore them. Back sass them. Take all the necessary risks you need in protecting yourself against these faceless criminals. Your life is worth so much more than theirs.
Ever had an encounter with an internet troll? Share your experience below!