Every person is entitled to their own opinion. There is no doubt about that. While many people would agree that some shouldn’t share that opinion, it is a right to do so. What amazes is when reading an article that’s thoughtful, insightful, and helpful. Naturally, I like to see if other people agree or disagree. I scroll down and look for the comments section, often to my disgust.
It fails little.
The potentially useful comments section has turned into a runaway argument for a couple of people.
Why? Isn’t there anything better to do with our time? Can’t we find some better use than to win a pointless virtual argument with an unknown person?
It’s laughable. It’s like a car accident. You don’t want to look but you can’t look away. How long does this nonsense go on for? Who gets awarded the crown at the end of the “argument”? Who is the bigger “computer hero”?
If you’ve ever found yourself in any argument like this online, advice. Stop it. Don’t do it. People are laughing at you. Sure, there will be a couple of like-minded people who might chime in and agree with you, and some might not chime in and still agree with you. Best to believe that many of those same people are laughing at you as well.
It’s a downside to debating. A good, well-intentioned, thoughtful, and honorable debate might be a great thing. Often, however, you’re not changing any minds. People usually become further entrenched in the views they had originally. To sit around and waste time for the typed and submitted response, to say your comment, to wait, to say your comment… just be happy with knowing what you know, believing what you believe, and realize there is no winning.
It’s why so many people, myself included, choose to disable comments… a few bad apples can ruin it for everybody. Some website owners don’t want to spend the time monitoring every single comment. That’s usually unnecessary, until you realize some slanderous person turned a harmless comment into a personal attack.
It’s the internet folks. There are all kinds of kinds. Fly high.