So lately I’ve been finding myself in disagreements with people. This isn’t a bad thing. However, when you’re talking to someone online there are important things to take into consideration.
For example, there is no tone of voice to help you understand if someone is being sarcastic or serious so choose your words carefully.
Also, don’t be one of those people that starts an argument for no reason. Nobody has time for that bullshit. It’s simple to share differing opinions and not be disrespectful, childish, and insulting. I highly encourage differences in opinion because it provides perspective but don’t start to attack me personally just because I disagree with you. For more on that, check out my previous post I respectfully disagree. The other day, I had a wonderful conversation with someone about an author that I did not like. The person that I talked to was a fan of the author and though we disagreed we respected each others’ opinions and each learned a different point of view. I loved that. That’s how conversations are meant to happen.
On the other hand, I have also had people completely derail a conversation by calling me names because I tore apart their argument on a serious issue and they couldn’t think of anything else to say. Seriously? Just admit defeat and move on. Also, if you think that someone is saying something that is unfair, there is a certain way to address it. For example, I wrote a post about something that was important to me. Something social justice related. Two people misinterpreted what I said and instead of asking for clarification said that I was being “unfair.” The problem is, I wasn’t unfair at all. They took my words out of context and tried to say that I was saying something completely different. If I read something that someone says that I don’t agree with, I will either say “I’m not sure I understand what you mean” or “I may have to disagree with you on that.” It’s really not that hard to have a serious discussion without being an asshole.
Try to remember that before leaving comments.