I've been MIA for a while.. school is busy and I've been stressed and overwhelmed. I'm going to try to manage my time better so I actually have time for all of the things that I want and need to get accomplished.
Today in a communication class, my teacher was discussing our lack of inhibition when it comes to online communication. People are much bolder and often times more insulting when it comes to commenting and discussing things online.
I've seen plenty of YouTube comments that are just awful towards the person in the video or another user leaving a comment. I've never quite understood why this happens. My guess is that for some people it's simply a way to let out internal hurt and disappointment by tearing down a person they've never met.
For me, and for others, the online blogging and YouTube "community" is a place where it's easier to share and be open with others. When it's too intimidating to reveal much about your personality by speaking face to face, people turn to the internet. But there are people ruining this sense of community and comfort.
I've personally had people attack me through private messaging, but never through a completely open channel like commenting. I'm not sure what the best way to tackle this issue is, but it certainly should be addressed more often.
Have you ever left a mean comment? What do you think users should do about it?