What’s your favorite way to communicate online?
With social media, blogs, video viewing sites, and more, the world has never been more connected. This can be a double-edged sword, however. Because while we’re connected to more some good people, this means we’re also connected to those people who tend to stir up trouble.
The politest euphemism for these people is to say that they are a troll: someone who aims to specially cause strife and gets into unending arguments just to infuriate the person on the other end of the conversation.
The trolls believe they are safe since no one knows who they truly are (since some sites allow anonymous users), and they never need to speak with the frustrated person face-to-face.
Believe it or not, Proverbs spoke about this rude type of individual long before the internet was invented. It says that “a fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” (18:2, NIV).
A fool just wants to get his or her ideas out there, and can never be convinced that what he or she is saying is incorrect or unkind.
The best course of action is to ignore these trolls because they aren’t open to learning what you have to say, they’re just trying to voice their opinions, and to possibly get a reaction out of you.
The anonymity of the internet seems to allow these trolls to irritate anyone they please, but don’t forget that there’s an all-powerful “Admin” watching all online activity, along with the trolls and their foolish actions. He will ultimately deal with every decision made on the internet….
…which is oddly a comforting thought.
Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use with permission only.