Why are people so reactive / MEAN on socials?

You’ve seen this before – and it’s a puzzler. Perhaps it’s happened to you - and it leaves you wondering, “Why?”

This comes from a post my co-host Brian did earlier this week. He was posting about a restaurant and his experience with it, when someone on Facebook decided to get political. It’s a stretch to make food political, but some people are pretty flexible.

So how does something as innocent as a restaurant story, be taken over by a “troll” or a “disrupter”?

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In this case, someone wasn’t wearing a mask properly and someone had to “break the topic” and get political. Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us with your unwanted, unwelcomed, uninspired, undesired and uninvited comments. Hey, some of us just want to look at food and read about someone else’s experience and not have to be bludgeoned with your out of nowhere comments.

Why do people feel the need to hijack a perfectly peaceful conversation? Did they have a bad breakfast that morning? Perhaps they weren’t hugged enough as a child? Maybe they find satisfaction in ruining things for others? Or maybe they are so passionate about their interests, that they are not aware of how their negativity affects others. In the bigger picture, it’s selfish to do this, isn’t it?

It’s unfortunate, but there are those who love to troll others. Perhaps they have a need get some sort of reaction to garner some sort of psychological response.

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Look, not everyone is going to agree with you. Some people are Pro-mask. Some are Anti-mask. Both need to be respected. It’s a personal choice that should be respected by all. Some may have reasons from illness to personal choice. And guess what, that’s none of your business – like it or not. That’s what America is about – speaking freely and respecting each other’s right to say it.

To those who troll, I feel sorry for you. It is my hope one day you see a better way to interact and you find the healing you need. Let’s just think before posting ANYTHING. If your opinion is invited, then follow suit. If it is not, you might want to keep it to yourself and move on.

In all, if you are a troll, you belong under a bridge and not on social media - cause, decency.


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