I’ve always been faintly fascinated with the amount of ire folks on the ‘net are capable of displaying. In a lot of ways, it’s almost as if, one some level, they don’t realize that they’re dealing with another human being. It’s as though they somehow disconnect themselves from everybody else, and as such, feel no compunctions about flinging abuse and hatred at the other person.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that, with the breakdown of societal law and the relative lack of consequences, this is how they’d be all the time.
Either way, the amount of bullying and bile we’re seeing spewed all across the web says a lot about our youth and our culture- and nothing of what it says is good. It paints a very, very dark picture, and it’s getting worse.
If someone was being abused at school or work, it used to be that they could come home and be safe from the abuse. Now, however…there’s no longer a safe haven. The global village of the Internet has brought people far closer together, and made contacting one another much, much simpler – meaning that if you hate someone, it’s immensely easy to track them down and make their life hell. One only has to look at the numerous “raids” carried out by anonymous to understand just how ugly things can get.
Sadly, some people aren’t able to deal with that.
Now, believe it or not, I am actually going somewhere with all this rambling. See, I always knew there was a fair share of human ugliness present on the Internet. What I didn’t realize, however, was just how widespread and damaging it’s become. Have a look: I’ve attached an infographic with some details on the matter. Click on it for a larger image.
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