|Posted by [email protected] on April 14, 2017 at 7:45 AM|
Beware: the playground bullies of your past have found their way onto the Internet. How many of us have posted on an online community only to notice an aggressive poster attempting to start a war of words between users? Not only do the insulting posts disrupt conversation, it doesn’t take a degree in psychology to know that they can be annoying and offensive. The world of flaming and trolling has gained more and more attention in the last few years as the internet has become a bigger part of our lives. Psychologists theorize that there are motives behind these faceless bullies.
Flaming is an aggressive or antagonistic interaction between Internet users, frequently on message boards, blogs, game servers and in chat rooms, and exist mainly to act with hostility and insult other posters. Deliberate flamers are cyber-bullies who enjoy getting a rise out of others by focusing on heated issues like politics and religion, or by personally attacking others. Their main goal is to disrupt the flow of conversation between others and provoke conversation instead about the flame. Trolls are of a similar vein and intentionally practice flaming by writing obvious, insulting, and often off-topic remarks to start a “flame war.” While many people have encountered flaming and trolls, most people are unaware of their motives. What causes an Internet user to want to provoke another user? Who wants to embroil themselves in the middle of an argument?
Examples of flaming:
Flaming on YouTube," one of the major findings was that by communicating over the Internet, flamers experience de-individualization and have less of an awareness of people's feelings than they would in a face-to-face interaction.
Social Media sites- Facebook, Instragram etc
An unsuspecting victim may not immediately recognize flaming. Many flamers wait until they get a person to engage in conversation before they attack. Some of them come right out with sweltering e-abuse, but other flamers are calm and calculating at first. It is easier to spot an angry and impulsive flame attempt because it is transparent. Any e-mail, message, or comment that has senseless profanity and insults in it is most likely a flame. Not all flames are that simple, however. A talented flamer can break a person’s heart with the use of non-profane words. The best way to tell if one is being flamed is to evaluate the internal feelings that arise after reading the text.
You need to know you are not alone if you have struggles with "Flaming". More than 60 percent of schoolchildren are bullied, and some of it is through electronic means. Over 25 percent of teens have received hurtful text messages and emails.
Flaming is a very real problem that must be covered by parents to their children. Please see a parent, adult you trust, a older brother or sister, Aunt or Uncle, religion role model a school counselor or feel free to reach out to me at: [email protected]