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Anxiety about mean things I've done online in the past.

james32

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Hello, this is my first post here because I just want to talk about this.

I am a gamer and someone who uses the internet a lot, which means I have encountered tons of toxicity online. This is totally normal for the internet and people just ignore the toxicity if they come across it, or they try to fight other people (which doesn't actually do anything lol). So anyway, recently I have been looking back at things I said, and I keep getting anxiety about these things I said. A very limited amount of people on the internet I have said "kill yourself" or "kys" to just because they were being jerks to me or I just felt like being a jerk. Keep in mind, these were all just for a dumb internet argument and I didn't actually mean what I said. I know that they just ignored it because that is what everyone on the internet does, but I keep getting anxiety that someone actually killed themselves or hurt themselves based on what I said. Due to this anxiety, I have been working on being less of a troll and jerk online and being kinder to people. I think the internet makes it super easy to be a jerk because you are hiding behind a computer screen. Any tips on how I can deal with this?
 

bin_tenn

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said. I know that they just ignored it because that is what everyone on the internet does
Are you sure about that? Maybe I'm talented. I've ruffled feathers more than enough times, so I can't believe that people on the internet ignore trolls. Lmao. I suppose it depends on how exactly you troll. I personally have never said "kys" or similar, and my trolling is actually somewhat harmless. It does still get under some people's skin though.

You can't change what you've said, but you can avoid saying it again, yes. It's true that some people take the internet way too seriously, but I also highly doubt you've caused someone to self harm.

Don't worry about it. Easier said than done, I know, but it's not worth the worry.
 

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What is a troll will differ depending on you ask. A troll on this site might be a person who has no real anxiety issues and just makes crap up. A troll on a dating site might be a person who creates a fake profile. Uses a fake picture. Again not been who they really are. They might pick on certain people for no reason at all. Easy targets. Bit like me knowing you hated something. I keep doing that something over and over again. Just to annoy you. Others might see it as harmless. But you would not see it that way at all. Because it is you it is bothering. I am targeting you. Just my own opinion on how see a troll. They are never themselves. Use sites not for the true purpose. More just to have their bit of fun. So if you know you done wrong, just try and ease up a bit. Remember the person on the end of the other keyboard is only human too. They would hurt just as much as you might hurt.
 
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