How to handle Negative Social Media Comments?
Social Media groups has completely taken hold of our society and has changed the way we interact with people. In many cases, this change has been a good one, connecting friends and family who are far apart. In other instances, it’s been less beneficial and has opened the door to cyber-bullying on a mass-scale.
Handle Negative Social Media Comments
How exactly do you handle a nasty comment on your Facebook shares, tweets, Instagram and You tube? When you’re already battling with depression negative from social media can be enough to break your spirit and your temper. But retaliating over the Internet is really not as effective as it may look. It can sparks a whirlwind of negativity. Blasting your friends because they have done the same to you is a no-go for social network. That mean you should stand up for yourself. If someone has written a mean comment you have a choice how to react.
Start by staying calm.
Feeling of anger, disappointment, and pain can overwhelm your clear judgment and cause you to say things that aren’t true, or are hurtful. The problem is that anyone, at any time can [and people have a right to] report you for the things you say, regardless of whether you started the abuse or not. So the best plan of action is to consider, very carefully, how you want to react to what was said.
Consider your words social media comments carefully
When you respond to the hateful comment you’ve been exposed to, consider that once it’s out there, it’s out there. Other people will be reading it too, meaning that how you respond can directly contradict what the commenter has said about you, or it can cement what was said.
How to Handle Negative Social Media Comments?
Trolls do exist! There will be people who will say things, just to get a response out of you.“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Don’t give them the satisfaction. These kinds of people have no end to their commentary and always have a “way out” should things get really rough, leaving you in a bad light and position.
Social Media CommentsDon’t react with negative words
Hurtful comments can certainly deepen your depression, but they really shouldn’t. Think of what the person is actually saying. Sometimes, when people say hurtful things, it’s because they themselves are hurt. So there are a number of things to consider before you act on the comment.
Be smart, and tell the truth when you act on the hurtful comment. Hiding things gives the commenter even more incentive to have a go at you. If you’ve shared a post, comment or tweet that is offensive, but perhaps you did not mean for it to be, then take the time to apologize for offending anyone.
There will always be people who will not be happy with something you’ve said. That’s the nature of social media. It gives anyone and everyone to be the publisher of their own opinions and while this is not right, it’s something that you can expect. Prepare yourself for this emotionally each and every time you send out a post, status update, tweet, Instagram pic, and so on because there will always be someone waiting for you to say something, do something or show something that they can make their own comments about.
Remember: If someone has personally attacked you, your character, your looks or anything regarding your persona, you can report the abuse on the social media platform you’re using. This will help filter out this person’s behavior from your profile, as well as other’s.
Great tips. We all get them and I just brush them off. Sad people have to act like that, though.
Great tips! Always keep your cool!!
This is great advice Patrice! I have been the victim of social media bashing before, and trolls, but thankfully like what you’ve mentioned in your post you learn to take things with a grain of salt and like you said sometimes trolls feed off of your reaction and its best to simply not respond and move on realizing their intent is to hurt. These are important things to to teach our struggling teenagers too.
Heather, Learning to just ignore and don’t take what these trolls saying personally takes time.
I haven’t really received negative feedback but I refuse to let anyone pull m out of who I am. So I would have to wait and reply with grace.
I just ignore bad comments and delete them. That person is just looking for a fight.
If someone says something that is unnecessary, I just delete it. I have had to reply to some people and it’s tough. Thanks for sharing these tips.
Great tips! Those trolls can be very discouraging!
The art of Bullying has changed over the years, but it still hurts.
These are very good tips. I’ll be sharing them with the kiddos at my school.
I know it takes time for people to learn how to ignore things like that. Human nature. This is a great post though on how.
Great tips.. Social media is very useful but also could be dangerous.
These are excellent tips for dealing with negativity of any kind. Unfortunately, Social Media allows people to hid behind their own insecurities while lashing out at others. Thank you for sharing these tips. If all else fails, we can just ignore the negative person and keep it moving!
These are great tips. I hate receiving negative or bad comments but i’m teaching myself to ignore them. they just looking for a fight
Great information. It is always better to choose the high road.
Social media really has it’s perks as well as it’s disadvantages. It’s difficult to deal with cyber bullying, but it’s better to just ignore the comments and stay quiet.
ElizabethO, Ignoring is better I think so too if its minor.
These are great tips. I am sure everyone of us had this experience with negative comments. I just ignore them. Sometimes it is my friends who go after the offender. Haha.
It’s so easy to react to someone’s negativity. These are great tips for handling a negative comment.
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. They are very present in social media especially where they have the “benefit” of some amount of anonymity. There words can be hurtful and I have had my fair share. My remedy is to always go back to myself – what I know is true of me and unshakeable. I then respond from that place. I have been “abused: because my response to abuse have been polite. Go figure.
Claudette, thanks for your advice.
These are some awesome tips! I normally ignore pity and nonsense comments. Just don’t judge me personally.
Negative can really have an impact! Chug on.. it means you are popular
Dana Vento, I have to remember this one thanks for your support.
So true, great tips on how to handle those negative people out in the world!
I think it’s really important not to engage them in more negativity. That won’t help diffuse the situation at all!
These are great tips. Staying calm is the key. Don’t let the emotions win and react on impulse.
I have been blessed to only get about 2 since I have been on line in the past 5 years and both of them I ignored. Great tips
Wonderful tips! Rule #1—NEVER fly off the handle :).
Hahahahahahahhaha….The other day a gentleman commented that there was an error in my about page….It was not the fact that he said it but that he took almost half a page to say it. I just said thank you and went to look for the error and fixed it. The fact is he could have just sent me a message instead of putting it in the comments section but I am not removing it….It is still there and I still smile each time I see it
Good tips! Never react. It just gives the person more reason to keep doing it.
As well, if you are online and you are constantly bullied, yes you can report it to whoever, but why not protect yourself 100% and just close your accounts and walk away from it all. Why put yourself through any online bullying. And if you really feel the need to be connecting with “friends” online, setup a new account and only give it to those that are most important to you.
Great tips! Staying calm is key. Even though people’s words may hurt, some comment are just not worth the response.
Great tips… Staying calm and handle it wisely is so important
These are great tips that we all can apply. I haven’t experienced negative comments yet but I have seen them on someone else’s social media page and it was not pretty. I agree 100% to not react with negative words. Kill them with kindness.
Great tip, you always have to keep cool and calm.
Or I can cuss them out LOL I am kidding. I find it best to block them and delete their comments especially if its nasty and uncalled for.
There are some real hurtful people on social media, and they want nothing more than to cause trouble. But these tips are really on point and so needed. Being on social media has definitely helped me to grow a thicker skin lol
Excellent post we always have to remain professional even when you are being attacked because you are the bigger person.
Glad you like thanks Ana De Jesus.
I always try to take a deep breath and walk away for a minute before responding – that way I can keep my cool and maintain a level head!