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Posted 12/15/15
Internet is always angry for some reason. I try to be happy most of the time because if I don't, who will?? How about YOU? *Points at you*
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ILuvCats11 wrote:


Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

Because it's the nature of humans to be total dicks.


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In Jungian psychology there's a concept known as personas. Personas are the masks we wear throughout our everyday lives; the parts of ourselves and our thoughts that we conceal or adjust in order to fit in, avoid damage to one's social standing, etc. Life in an advanced society such as ours demands that individuals bottle parts of themselves up and avoid showing them to the world. You may want to cuss your boss out, but you don't do so out of fear of losing your job and causing unnecessary conflict. You may want to offer your opinion or thoughts in a discussion between strangers that has nothing to do with you, but you withhold from doing so because it's a private conversation that you have no place in. It's all proper social conduct -- conduct that, for one reason or another, you wish to avoid going against. Sometimes that mask will slip. You'll tell your boss to go fuck himself or tell off customer service over the phone. But most sane and rational human beings try to keep the mask on most of the time.

The internet is a place where that isn't necessary.

Private conversations don't exist on forums created to give everyone a voice in the discussion. Repercussions for your anger vanish away when you write about it anonymously. An alias and an avatar replace your worn, crumbling mask; they allow you to free yourself from its grasp. And while I'm sure that there'll be numerous people here who hypocritically bitch about how terrible the internet is for violating the sanctity of their echo chambers, I bet they too relish what the internet has allowed them to do. I'm sure that they too love the feeling of their chains being broken -- the feeling of a world where you can say and do whatever you please. Who here would proudly cry out that they want to live their entire life as a cog in a machine? Who here would speak at length about how much they love taking it in the ass from shitlords, screw-ups, and buffoons who spit upon their face whenever they get the chance?

People aren't angrier on the internet. It's just that they have an outlet for that anger.

Anyway, I do think that people should try to rise above their nature and be kind to one another. However, I don't think that we should vilify someone for being mean-spirited or start throwing a pity party because somebody called us a bad word. Anger is a perfectly natural emotion and in controversial topics it's almost sure to arise. Nevertheless, there is a clear point at which it becomes a problem. When a rude remark or mocking comment here or there turns into a series of personal attacks and emotional abuse, that's when the line has been crossed. When a heated discussion turns into a string of death and rape threats, that's when things have gotten out of hand.

To sum it all up...
It's okay to be an asshole, but do it in moderation.
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40YearOldVirgin wrote:

People act according to their mood.
They probably had a bad day, and the internet is a good place for them to vent their frustrations without setbacks or consequences.

In other words, they're a bunch of cowards with anger management issues.


Me in a nutshell.
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Dunno. I'm a real peaceful person so I don't think an aggressive mindset applies to me, my POV might be irrelevant in that sense.

I'm not online anywhere, aside from here and YouTube (just to save up a good playlist of videos). Back in the day (mine at least), we used the Internet as a traffic of information and knowledge. I can recall the early years of social media exploration. MySpace, I.M. It was fun for a while, not too many people were using it to vent. It's different today, loads of people figured out it can be used for a variety of things. Obnoxious behavior included, but what can you do?

Personally, I think the lack of physical connectivity is damaging. This is literally the first time even being on a forum for me. I see people online all the time. On their cells or tablets. It gets kind of frustrating when you're speaking to someone and they don't reply much because they're scrolling through some website or another. I've seen dates at restaurants where the couple talks about four minutes before taking their cells out. Selfies for everything. Now this is personally bizarre for me, but taking pictures in a bathroom mirror seems kind of weird. Going to the theater and having that party update their online film reviews mid movie.

Though my main reason for slacking on the Internet life came from my mother when I was younger. She was so hooked to what was happening online that she missed out on a lot of events we had. She constantly nagged me and my sister on how to get followers and changed her personality in ways that attracted media attention. As if the outside world, off the screen was nonexistent.

I've also listened to people who were addicted to online media, have a warped sense of reality. Talk about celebrities like they should be running the world.

They get so hooked that it becomes personal and they might attack people over beliefs or subjective things overall. Venting and trolling have become part of Internet culture. A means of their life?

It's certainly replaced a lot of healthier values in life. When I stopped social media, I felt so much better. All that negativity wasn't around to try and tiptoe around.

Maybe angry people just.... enjoy being angry?
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It's part what everyone else has said, also the issue with text is that you can't really represent a good range of emotions, which sometimes can make anyone seem pissy.
Posted 12/15/15

Mrcreepday wrote:

Internet is always angry for some reason. I try to be happy most of the time because if I don't, who will?? How about YOU? *Points at you*


:) :)
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Posted 12/15/15
because happy people are not behind a computer
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Posted 12/15/15
Grrrrrrr
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They have to be angry somewhere. You know they wouldn't go around picking fights like this in person. Maybe it makes the trolls and cyber "bullies" feel bigger.
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Because they get enjoyment or fulfillment in others misery.And they can't get their A%$ kicked.
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Posted 12/15/15

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Because they get enjoyment or fulfillment in others misery.And they can't get their A%$ kicked.


Yeah, I'm outspoken in public around other people and I'm outspoken online because people can't touch me. But then again, most people are like that.

In private or a place that's not a campus of speaking event, I don't talk about controversial things, but I've had women threaten to cut me because I said men were objectively superior and said why.
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In all honesty, I compare myself to other people naturally so when I see a complete stranger succeed in anything I'm trying, the first thing I go for is that I'm last place to getting to last place and then I get mad.

Then I realized that there's no way for me to hurt anyone on the internet so I get more down in the dumps than anything.

Then I just cheer up because of the whole "I ain't getting a kid" thing (which is my way of saying "can't get any worse")

but that's just me.
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Because depending on where you go, the average IQ of the people you encounter on the internet is ~60.

Gaming experiences.
Your entire team ditching you when you're about to get flanked and you're pretty much the only person holding up the defence. Appalling lack of map awareness. A combination of you getting shafted by your teammates and thing not going as planned will make for a very pissed gamer (at least the majority of the time). Though an extreme lack of map awareness is pretty much the cause of many a game rage.

Speaking of rage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpgCHF27woA
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Posted 12/15/15
Reading stupid shit also causes rage moments.
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