Lots of people I know have been victims of harassment and trolling on social media. Over the years, and especially in recent times, I have also been picked on by a few trolls to the point where it became ridiculously easy to predict exactly what they’re going to do on something I post or tweet, and how they are going to blow everything I say out of context, and how they’re going to whine and make a big deal out of things that shouldn’t even be of their concern to begin with.
Earlier I used to respond to these trolls with clarifications and counter-arguments. As I realized, that was useless and disturbing, especially for all others who were also hearing the noise coming out of my home (where these trolls had barged into).
Then I stopped replying to such criticism and kept quiet till people got personal – like someone recently calling me “grossly overrated value homeopathic quack.” 😉 And then I started blocking people sending such stinkers. In fact, I used the blocking tool generously.
Now, I realize even that tool does not serve much purpose. This is because even when I block people sending me negative criticism (and that too personal), I am still giving them and their thoughts some importance.
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