I know where you carry such a fragile load
But I’ve got yours and you’ve got mine
It’s been a while since I joined in, but Strawberry Singh’s ‘Mean Comments’ Meme was one I had to get involved in.
I’ve kind of addressed how I feel about assholes online in my Don’t be a dick post, but here goes:
- Have you ever been subjected to mean comments online by strangers? If not, then skip to question #5. – Strangers acquaintances and former friends.
- How did you respond to them? – Depends who and why – my go to response these days is to block and ignore.
- How did they make you feel? – I guess they’re intended to make me feel shitty, and when I first started on plurk, they would. Nowadays I focus on the fact that someone must really hate themselves to try and pass it on to anyone else.
- Can you share some of the mean comments you’ve received and your thoughts on them? – I think the ones about my looks or my weight or whatever are mostly just pathetic, so I kinda get past that. The one that shocked me most was on one of my early blog posts. On my birthday I’d been blogging less than a month, and opened up about my prior history with depression. I got a few lovely responses to the post, and then someone responded with ‘I wish you had fucking died’. That really shook me, as you’d expect. I am glad I am, and was at the time, mentally healthy, because if I hadn’t been, that could’ve caused one hell of a spiral. I am thankful that I am in a good place, and don’t have to resort to wishing people I dislike dead.
- Have you ever ridiculed or negatively commented on someone else’s work, actions or personality with the intention to hurt them? – I can’t necessarily think of a specific example, but I am a human, and I probably have. I hate bullies though, so I like to think it’s not a part of me. I am sure there’ll be someone to comment differently!
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