7 reasons to avoid arguments on social media

7 reasons to avoid arguments on social media

Mfonobong Akpan

Often times, people take a completely innocent comment on social media the wrong way and take offence, in some cases, they become advocates, arguing out something that is really of no concern to them. The truth though is there’s really no point getting into a debate, because you’ll end up getting frustrated. Plus you’ll rarely convince anyone that you’re right. Sometimes these argument get ugly. Here are a few reasons why you should steer clear of arguments on social media:

1. Pointless

What’s the point of getting in an argument that eventually gets you nowhere. You can’t win an online argument, so don’t waste your time. Besides, people can be much more aggressive on the anonymous internet than they would to your face, so do yourself a favour and just ‘pass by’.

2. Spirals out of control

Internet arguments can quickly escalate, therefore the best response is to graciously refuse to engage in the process. If you reply someone, they could pick apart what you say; you then answer them, and on it goes. Stop the argument before it develops and accept that you aren’t going to agree.

3. Who cares

They don’t know you, so why worry about what a stranger thinks of you?. It’s smart to adopt an attitude that it doesn’t matter what someone you’ll, very likely, never even meet thinks of you. Just let it go and move on. You have more important things to worry about.

4. Misunderstanding

Arguments can develop on the internet because of a misunderstanding. Due to the limits of the written word, people may easily misunderstand what another person has said. So If you see this happening, back off and take no further part in the discussion – and don’t keep monitoring it to see what they say next. It doesn’t matter what they say.

5. Waste of  time

Do you really want to waste your precious time arguing with strangers about things that don’t really matter? There are far more productive and enjoyable ways to spend your life, so find more positive things to do and ignore the people who are determined to find fault with the opinions of others.

6. Being right

Are you one that always wants to prove you’re right? If you find yourself in this position, stop and think twice – so what if they are (in your opinion anyway) wrong? Maybe they are, maybe they’re not – but neither of you are going to convince each other, so let it go.

7. Unpleasant

Finally, it can be pretty unpleasant to get into an argument on social media. It’s also not very social! Why subject yourself to unpleasant experiences? People will think and say what they want to, and it won’t always be the same as you. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, whatever it may be, remember its a free platform. Don’t get worked up over it.

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