Breakfast Chats #1 | Online Hate10:21:00
Sometimes we see things or hear things that make us think deeply. And sometimes we leave our thoughts inside our heads. That's what I do. Either with fear of being judged, fear of sounding
uneducated, fear of people not agreeing with me and stop being my friends. But that will change from now on. Once in a while, everytime a subject bothers me or if I feel the need to talk about something important, I will write it all down in form of a blog post. And that's Breakfast Chats! I feel passionate about so many subjects that I just feel the need to express myself. And these aren't lightweight subjects. Soon I'll talk about sexism, homophobia, racism, mental illness, etc. I think it's important to share my thoughts and I also think it's important for you to share yours in the comment section. So I created this segment in hopes of starting a community that cares about the issues in the world.
You might be wondering why I chose the name Breakfast Chats. I chose that name because of the time of the day that I will post these. I started writing this at 9:00 am and at around this time it's breakfast time. And since most of my readers are either around the same timezone as me or behind, they can either read this when I post, in case they're awake, or when they wake up. That way you'll start your day with a little prompt to make you really think about the world we live in. I will try my best to keep all of these posts positive because I always try to be optimistic but keep in mind that certain subjects aren't in any way positive.
So for the first Breakfast Chat I will be talking about online hate. That's something that most of you are probably familiar with, unfortunately. Online hate is everywhere and towards anyone or anything. I've never received any kind of rude comments but all I have to do to read something hateful is go on social media. People often use social media to express their thoughts and sometimes those thoughts are disrespectful or hurtful towards someone or a cause or subject. People mask their hatred with "it's my opinion" when most of the time whatever they're saying is not an opinion. An opinion is sharing with the world if you like or don't like something or someone, if you agree or not with something, etc. Rude and insulting words are not opinions. It's like saying "no offense" right before saying something offensive, it doesn't make it less offensive. Expressing hate online is easy. Behind a computer screen it's easy to feel invincible. But we have to remind ourselves that sometimes it's better to stay quiet. Before posting something online think about this: would you say it to anyone face to face? If you would, think about what that person would say or do to you. Do you still think it's safe to say whatever you wanted to say online? I'm not saying you shouldn't express your opinions because you should and obviously there's always gonna be someone who doesn't agree with you and you should always have an open mind when hearing other opinions different from yours. But like I said earlier, an opinion is different from pure hate so make sure you know if you crossed the line or not.
Online hatred has gone to a point where people insult something or someone for doing something insignificant. An example of that happened this weekend. I don't know if you're aware of how much I love Ariana Grande, but if you didn't know, you know now. She's one of my favourite artists and because of that I follow a lot of other fans on twitter who love her as well. She posted a picture of herself wearing cat ears and the amount of insults I saw was astonishing. People were calling her "dumb", "stupid", "ugly", "whore", etc. And all because of what? Because of the cat ears. I have to say some of those people were probably trolls but see how something so small can trigger so much hate? I could go on and on about this topic but I don't want to bore any of you.
To end this on a positive note, I want to make our mission for today to say something nice to someone online. Go on your favourite social media platform and say something nice to a stranger, a friend, a family member. Spread positivity and make the world a better place.
I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx