Online negativity is something we will all go through if we find ourselves on the internet for long enough. Naturally, with positive things there are always negatives. We can’t always expect things to be peachy all of the time. There are mean, nasty and negative people out there who want to cause you distress and make you unhappy and thats the reality of life.
If you’re quite active on social media it makes it easier for others to have access to you. Which is very scary to me, and one of the main reasons why I choose to keep my private life away from my blogging life. I’ve had encounters with rude people through blogging and its not nice. It makes you feel defeated and down, especially if you’ve never experienced it before.
IT SAYS MORE ABOUT THEM THAN YOU
When people are mean to you through your screen just remember it says more about them than it does about you. They went out of their way to be rude to you for no reason. Alot of the time people who are rude online are insecure themselves and just need someone to take it out on. I know it can be hard to show love or grace to someone who has been mean to you, but just think they must be going through something to be mean to a stranger online. Remember that arguing back or being rude to them doesn’t do much, it usually makes the situation worse. So if you can, just ignore it. Delete the message and move on with your life. You’ll forget about it soon enough.
Some people just want to spread hate and negativity and if they want to do that let them. It’s giving them a platform to do it that we should avoid. Alot of time it’s for attention, so not giving them that attention will make them go away.
BLOCK & UNFOLLOW
The beauty that is the block and unfollow buttons. I love utilising the unfollow and block button for so many different reasons. The power is yours and yours only. If someone is mean to you or negative then you have the power to get rid of them from your online life. Knowing that I can choose the outcome provides me with great power and control.
Theres nothing better than taking away the voice the hater thinks it has by blocking them. It will probably annoy them too, which is even better!
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE PARTS
With all the negatives that can come with online life, remember the positives too. There is so much good online that you can enjoy. Fill your feeds with love, kindness and things you can enjoy. And focus on the good. I know it’s easier said than done but focus on those loving comments you get and the praise you do receive. Alot of the time we focus on that one negative comment when we should be reading and embracing all of the other positive ones.
It’s also important to remember that you control who you follow too. If you choose to follow pages that aren’t good for you and your mental health then change it. One of the best things I did was clean out my following lists. I replaced influencers with people who promote positivity and love. It did wonders for me.
How do you cope with online negativity?
Have you ever had any negativity aimed towards you?
Online negativity has no place in our lives. Say it with me!