There is no denying that there are millions of social media trolls across the internet. But are we all guilty of it? When you go on a celebrities comments on instagram you will find hundreds of nasty messages. But do you need to type them to be a troll?
Instagram makes us guilty?
Instagram is one of the biggest platforms in the world. You will always find negative people on there. Some will even go out of their way to find a photo to post a nasty comment on someones comment. The social media trolls don’t usually know the people whose photos they are commenting on. These comments can be something so simple but can have a huge impact on somebody’s life.
What if we think it but don’t comment it? There have been many occasions I have scrolled through social media and saw a picture and thought some negative. ‘What have they done to their face?’ ‘They have had way too many lip fillers.’ ‘What on earth are they wearing?’ ‘Do they realise how stupid they look?’ ‘Why on earth do they not have any clothes on?’ If I am thinking these things am I troll? Can I thinking these comments make me a troll without actually commenting?
What is trolling?
Trolling is defined as upsetting people on the internet by purposely upsetting people in an online community. Trolls purposely post negative comments to get a rise out of other users. Being signed up to social media means there’s a high chance you have experienced trolling or been a troll. If you have not experienced either then you have definitely seen somebody being trolled. Out of all social media platforms you will find that trolling is most people with youtube and instagram. With millions commenting negatively on videos and photos everyday.
You will also find trolling on sights like Facebook and Twitter. It is most popular on these sights when it comes to news and politics. As these comments can be shared between anyone on these platforms, oppositions can easily get a rise out of each other. These arguments tend to be ever ending as both parties will continuing commenting between themselves.
What causes people to troll?
It is hard to say what makes people become social media trolls. Yet, a lot of this can be down to jealously or difference in opinions. Instagram tends to be down to jealousy. Celebrities and influencers are posting many positive images that are pretty staged to look like the ‘perfect life’. Many people do to like to see these picture perfect images and tend to comment against them. Especially when other people are being paid hundred or thousands (or if your a Jenner millions) to post of picture wearing a certain outfit or drinking a certain drink.
What if you think it?
I will admit I see some of these A-list celebrities post their #Ads and think ‘you have never even tried that’. Just because you know they are getting paid to say they love it. Despite this, I would never actually comment this on somebody’s photo. So does this class me as a troll or not? I do not want to upset anybody and I do not want to cause any hassle or arguments. Unfortunately, I tend to think the negatives before the positive. I could think ‘you have had way to much lip filler.’ Then a second later I am thinking ‘damn I love your outfit.’
We all have a right to an opinion and I know not everybody who sees my photos will like them. Some may even hate them and think many negative things. I have never experienced trolling and I hope I never do. But it doesn’t mean people aren’t thinking negative stuff abut my social media platforms. I am open to opinion and advice and so should everybody. This does not mean that they should go onto their social media profiles and receive hatred and negativity. If you do not know a person then you should not be having an opinion on their life. Fine, you see your best friends picture and do not think it is appropriate than you private message them. You do not post a comment on their photo for everybody to see. You do not argue with their tweet for everybody to see.
Is it time we stopped?
There are many celebrities that have taken their own lives due to social media trolls. But it is not just celebrities that do this. Many young girls and boys have taken their lives from being trolled online by people they know. Are trolls not realising they are actually committing murder? Surely they know that their negative comments can take a life? If this not the same taking a knife and stabbing somebody. Mental health is on the rise and surely this proves that this is due to social media.
The internet can be such a magical place and needs to be kept as something positive. We can spread so much love and joy throughout the internet yet a small percentage of people take that away by being trolls. Keep those trolling comments in your head. Posting that comment is not going to make your life any better instead it is going to ruin somebody else’s.