1. They are in the comfort of their homes, offices and other areas where confrontation is limited to remote exchanges. Easy to debate someone we do not know, and have no chance of meeting face-to face. All manners are dropped and sarcasm is free for all. Anonymity is a strong motivation to be real and be brutally frank.
2. Internet provides people a venue to speak their true sentiments with guaranteed supporters but in spite of critics as well.
In face-to-face situations, people tend to be always nice and hide their true opinions about people and things. Though they want so much to say what they really feel or think; they carefully conceal it for fear of reprisal, or fear of losing their friends.
When people are given an opportunity to say what they can openly, and knowing that there are also hundreds of people out there thinking the same thing, it gives them confidence to be sarcastic, hurtful and even antagonistic — because they know there are people who will defend them.
Most of the time, they even use spiteful words to dramatize their intention to drive their point which oftentimes evoke violent reactions. Pent up emotions and thoughts that no one knows and hears, are finally being heard by the world — so they take advantage of every opportunity to speak their mind.
3. They think their opinion is the best one. Some people are self-believers, no opinion is better than theirs. They slam others and criticize every post and comment. Instead of defending their views, they attack the person who opposes them. They call the person names and sometimes degrade his/her character.
4. They hate people who bungle the English grammar. Most internet users do not bother to read the news or the article — they rely on the tiny headline. They make their comments mostly as a reply on other people’s reaction on the story or make fun of people who insist on using the English language, even if they are not too proficient.
They are called grammar police. Many people are irritated by it. People who read these corrections have various reactions – some find it snobbish and unnecessary since anyone is free to use whatever language he wants – as long as he is able to drive his point. This alone can stir fight and heated exchanges.
5. They are tired of recurring news being rehashed every ten minutes. If there is one thing internet users hate is — seeing the same news repeatedly. No matter how the news writers make a spin of it — the readers know that it is the same issue being squeezed to its last drop to create traffic and increase readership.
News feeds are not only informative, but are extremely entertaining. It keeps anyone’s screen, fresh and alive. It gives us a break from friends incessant ranting, and drama or overloads of photo postings. There are days when the people in our list just make their profile, a travelogue or a personal diary — so fresh news and articles become a welcome breather.
The problem is, when news that are thought-provoking at first, drags on and on, for days and weeks – naturally, all possible reactions have already been sucked out from the reader, and reacting to it no longer becomes palatable.
People tend to get bored and feel that they are just being played for a fool when all kinds of angles, different photos, new title and headlines were used to post OLD NEWS. Instead of reacting on the issue, people will just bash on the website who publishes it.
It is typical for people to be involved emotionally, even just in the internet especially if they can relate on the issue. It can be a good opinion meter for the government on where the society is heading and what the society values in the midst of many social changes.
Sometimes rudeness becomes too unnerving – but when people are free to not only say what they think, but can also express how they feel — it gives a more genuine picture to how they truly stand on the issue. But the problem is – people sometimes go overboard.
Nevertheless, as the saying goes, a little courtesy goes a long way. People must learn to express without making other people feel depressed.
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