Who hasn’t heard about Internet abuse, about mobbing, bullying and the singling out of one person to be a target, a victim? Who hasn’t wondered what sort of people are involved, what their mentality can be, why they do such things?
For some people it is a daily part of their lives, much the same as sexual abuse in the workplace, on the street, in the classroom. Someone is picked as the victim and an anonymous person – or group of people – decide to see how far they can go and, invariably, go beyond what any normal, civilized person would consider acceptable.
What they hope to find is someone who will react, who will be offended, who will be hurt by what they have to say. Undoubtedly the hurt is there – who wouldn’t be hurt by certain comments or accusations – but there are those who can handle it, who can brush it off and react in a mature, adult fashion, ruining the attempts to rile them.
I wish we could all be as cool, calm and collected as La Belle, perhaps then a few of these immature idiots would get a life elsewhere. Sadly, though, there are enough victims out there who do (over)react. Luckily, with a social media platform like Twitter, it is easy enough for true friends to step in and reassure, to take the brunt of the pain away with consoling and friendly words or gestures. Perhaps a few more of us should follow their example and dig right down on the haters, the abusers, the immature imbeciles who make social media asocial.
Love & Kisses, Viki.