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“Who Even Asked You?” The Problem With Posting Your Opinion Online

Opinions are everywhere thanks to the internet. Gone are the days where you have to know someone personally to feel like you can speak to them any kind of way. The comment section on any social media, news or internet platform is arguably one of the most negative and verbally abusive spaces to be found. 

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having an opinion about something you’ve seen or read online. However, to make it your personal business to attack, condemn, argue and incite hateful speech or violence in response to a post that you disagree with is completely absurd. You do realize that you don’t have to speak on everything you see and most importantly, you don’t have to follow the pages or read the articles of anyone you don’t like or strongly disagree with. It seems to be a simple enough concept and yet, it feels like some people can’t help but to search for ways to spew negativity.

We live in a society where there are seemingly no rules, no codes of conduct, no g-code, and anyone can get talked about. Nothing and no one is off limits. People have no problem talking bad about other people’s children, lifestyles, hair, weight, relationships, parenting styles, etc. In addition to being downright mean and nasty to whomever made a post, some of you are really going back and forth with other commenters about their comments. Who raised y’all? Like seriously, no one ever told you that if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all?

The world is ever-changing, and as our technology advances, it seems as if we are taking significant leaps backwards in treating each other with basic human decency. Don’t confuse the fact that because you can comment on everything, you should. Sometimes, most of the time, you’d do much better by keeping your opinion and judgment to yourself if it’s meant to hurt and not help the person reading. Try being a little kinder, more considerate and practice the fine art of just minding your business.

 

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