10 • Ways To Have A Discussion Not A Hot-Headed Debate On The Internet

10 • Ways To Have A Discussion Not A Hot-Headed Debate On The Internet

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The online world is FULL of arguments, disagreements, and heated disputes that can go in circles for hours. But, don’t let the thought of controversy or having your thoughts “stomped on”, stop you from sharing them. Every voice needs to be heard. Every emotion needs to be expressed. Every opinion needs a fair chance to stand.

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Some Topics Considered Controversial

  • Politics (leaders, the election)
  • The Legalization of Marijuana
  • Gender Roles
  • Hobbies & Passions
  • Human Rights (abortion, legal matters)
  • Religion
  • World Issues

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1. Don’t Humiliate Others

Humans should not humiliate others.

IT’S SIMPLE. There’s no need to degrade someone or put them down due to their demographic, rights, beliefs, or opinions. If you don’t understand where someone is coming from, have the maturity to agree to disagree and move on.

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2. Consider The Language You Use

Watch the language and wording that you use when you’re talking to other people.

Respond with: “I understand what you’re saying”, “I respectfully disagree”, or “I see where you’re coming from”, as opposed to: “No. You’re wrong.” or “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” No matter how badly you may want to.

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3. Use A Disclaimer

If you feel like a topic (or your blog in general) could be triggering or upsetting to others, give your readers a notice at the beginning of your post, or on your ‘About’ Page. This will prepare your readers and let them make the choice if they want to continue reading or skip over, without getting offended.

In addition to using a disclaimer, never copy someone’s work. You must give proper credit or else that’s plagiarism. Give credit for photos, quotes, art, text, etc.

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4. Pick Your Battles

Find a way to accept that there are people who will ALWAYS find their harshest words and loudest voices from behind their computer screen.

These are bullies. It’s up to you to know when you’re having an intelligent debate vs. an argument that you’re simply never going to win.

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5. Include A Call-To-Action

Set the conversation that you WANT to happen in your comments by including a relevant question at the bottom of your post. This is a ‘Call-To-Action’ and will work to keep your audience focused.

You may still get comments from “Internet Trolls”, but learn to ignore ( or block ) them.

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6. Don’t Force Your Opinions

People and their opinions are supposed to clash.

That’s why we’re not all writing the same blog, living the same life, or going after the same goal. Our diversity is what makes our world so great. Find a way to share your opinions without forcing them onto others.

At the same time, don’t let others bully you into feeling wrong for what you believe.

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7. Know Where Your Opinions Fit In

Have the sense of maturity to know where your opinion fits in – and where it doesn’t. For example: Should you have a problem with same-sex marriage, don’t look for a post celebrating a related event or find a page of support, just to express your personal disagreement.

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8. Some Argument Is Healthy

Don’t be so quick to discount or block every disagreement. This will never let you grow, learn, or see the world any differently than you do now. Challenge yourself. Strengthen your mind. Better your life. You don’t have to change where you stand on a topic, but you have to understand where others are coming from.

If you are being harassed or overwhelmed by another people while online, you are completely free to Block, Mute, or Report a specific user to the social media site.

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9. Respect Others Opinions

Don’t put people down. They’re entitled to their opinion.

Don’t write rude and hateful comments for the sole entertainment of starting an argument. People with a deep-rooted need to be controversial (over the Internet, specifically) are never able to get their point across, properly or effectively.

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10. Talk About Things You Know About

Talk about the topics you follow and the things that you’re passionate about.

Don’t waste your time arguing about a fact you heard years ago, something you’re not interested, or something you’re not educated on. That doesn’t mean you don’t know anything. It means you know well enough only to make an argument when you know you have a valid one.

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Additional Tips To Have A Discussion Online

  • Avoid using Caps Lock as it can come off as aggressive
  • Try to clarify your stance before you start an argument
  • If it’s a private issue send it in a direct message
  • Avoid jokes or sarcastic comments that could be misinterpreted
  • Emoticons don’t always help
  • Don’t spam comments or social media accounts

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