4 Ways To Respond To Difference Of Opinion

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We are all imperfect human beings who live our day to day life fueled by varying emotions. Social media seems to have provided us an outlet to respond quickly, before thinking. It seems somewhere along the lines a difference in opinions has become a bad thing.

When someone uses their personal online space to express their opinion on a sensitive subject matter, they may find themselves being attacked.

I am seeing more and more verbally abusive comments as each day passes. With the pandemic hitting us in 2020, the arguments have become even more obvious, damaging, and quite frankly, disturbing. No longer are we a free society! Able to live our lives as we see fit, nope, a group of people has been rewired to think that everyone must feel, think, live, eat, and breathe the way they do in order to be “respected”.

This is unacceptable.

When did the USA become a place where people feel it’s OK to destroy another person’s life? If they’re not harming you personally if they’re just living their life the best way they know how, then why do you think it’s acceptable to ruin them just because you have a difference of opinion?

How would you feel if someone destroyed your life, your family, your children? If someone destroyed everything that you worked hard to provide for your family?

I’m sure you wouldn’t like it.

I’m sure you’d call it exactly what it is …

It’s called cyberbullying and adults everywhere are doing it just as bad, if not worse than teenagers do.

What is Cyberbullying?
Typically cyberbullying is using an electronic format to send harassing, intimidating, and quite often threatening words to another human being. Cyberbullying is usually done in text format and oftentimes results in leaving the victim feeling a multitude of negative emotions.

Cyberbullying can happen in all age groups and appears in many different ways.

As of late, we’ve seen cyberbullying happen in the online world. A community of people who were once thought to have mutual connections because of a business; the blogging industry. The community was mostly supportive, mostly open to all walks of life, and a mostly positive community to be a part of.

That was in 2008 to about 2014, from there it just started to slide downhill. Slowly at first, and now in 2020, it’s gone bat shit crazy!

To be honest. I’m watching people destroy other people. People are playing the whole, “You can’t be friends with them if I hate them” card; which by the way, is like high school behavior and most of these women and men are well into their adult years!

I don’t get it, I wasn’t raised to bully others.

I’ve been hurt enough in this life, I cannot imagine trying to purposefully inflict this type of pain onto another human being, ever! Many of those who bully have also been hurt in this life, yet here they are inflicting the same pain onto others.

If you dare to have a difference of opinion as someone else on social media, you’re out! It doesn’t matter if you’re a news anchor, a blogger, a parent, a simple person living their own life —> you are out if you dare speak a different view than some of these people.

This is what cyberbullying looks like in the blogging and social media world right now in the year 2020.

What are the causes and effect of cyberbullying?
There are many causes and effects of cyberbullying. I’ve seen a young kid have his life destroyed by the media. The media! They destroyed a MINOR CHILD’s life for no good reason. There isn’t ever a good reason to spew lies about someone and destroy their life. Period.

With that being said, he was able to sue the mainstream media and win. I’m sure we’ll see more of this in the coming years. I’m not on any side except the human beings’ side.

Cyberbullying can push a person into the deep end of depression fueled with anxiety and this utter feeling of helplessness. They could commit suicide or get into drugs to help cope with the pain that YOU out there inflicted on them. This should be something everyone thinks about before responding to a difference of opinion.

Think about how you’d want someone to respond to you. Think about what’s best in this situation. In all honestly, I just scroll on by if I don’t like what someone is saying.

If I have nothing valuable to add to the conversation, then why engage?

They’re free to believe, think, and feel what they want.

No one needs “facts” to back up what they believe.

An opinion isn’t based strictly on facts.

It’s based more so on experences, in my opinion!

And that is OK!

I know what you live isn’t going to align with what I have lived or experience. That doesn’t mean we have the right to argue about our opinions, or attack, cyberbully, and harass another person!

Opinions are based on experiences. No two people have the same excact experiences!