Cyber Bullies & Silent Wordwars
The past week and days have been quite hellish for me because I was so swamped with work related deadlines that I found it hard to find extra time to write down some blogposts or even check on my Twitter and Plurk timelines. I do get to peek at them from time to time but not actively as I've done so before work ate up most of my waking hours. Yesterday, since I was working from home and I've already delegated some of the work load to the other designers, I got the chance to check out my Plurk.
It wasn't pleasant. As I recall, I was browsing at around 8am and there was a lot of fighting online going on. I knew most of the people concerned because they've become acquaintances and friends in the blogging community. Sadly, as far as human nature goes and the diversity of clashing personalities, these online bickering ensued. Everyone was in everybody's business.
I have to be honest that I was tempted to post my comments there as well. One of the people concerned has also done some cyber bullying at my expense in the past. But I held back. I didn't want to add a fresh gust of wind on the dying embers of their word wars.
It's just saddening that Plurk was a great tool for me to meet great people, but it also opened my eyes that I was living a sheltered life. There are bad people out there. Bad people who tend to use you and then toss you aside, there are also frenemies who make you question your principles and the lurkers who just make your life their business just to have some drama in their otherwise boring lives.
Yes you can sense the resentment in that paragraph. And yes lessons have been learned..rather painfully at times. Having gone through all that, I'm proud to say I'm a tad wiser now.