I will occasionally use stock photos, like the one above, when the lighting in the UK has been terrible!
I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, and I just happened to look through the comments of @velvetgh0st and @nikidemar photos, and I was quite honestly shocked at the words some people say about others. Online hate is something we are all familiar with, whether we have experienced it ourselves or witnessed it happening to others, however not many people understand how serious it has got lately - I know I didn't, and quite honestly I felt sick afterwards.
The thing is, we are all humans. And being humans, we all have opinions and feelings about people, places and objects. If someone constantly talks through a film or television programme I love watching, I could think of a million things I could say to them; but you know what? I don't. I don't say anything because I understand that people get hurt and affected by words and actions from other people. Hurt is one of the few emotions that are the hardest to get over, and move on from.
However, more and more people are finding the opportunity to hate on others behind the mask of their social media profiles. It has become so easy for people of any age to join and create social media profiles to hide behind when they hate on others. I find this really upsetting that some people go through the effort of creating a hate account just to put others down. I sometime disagree with what someone is wearing or doing, but never in a million years would I go up to that person on social media or in real life and tell them that!
If someone has really bad teeth, why would you comment on their post just to mention that fact? I recently saw this on Instagram towards one of my favourite accounts, and I was honestly shocked. Why would you point out the part of their body that they are probably most conscious about? If someone is wearing more makeup than you would recommend, why would you go and tell them that? People, although they put on a mask, are more delicate than you think and words can often do more damage than physical weapons.
So please, I beg you - the next time you see someone doing something you wouldn't do, or wearing something you wouldn't wear, please keep the opinion to yourself. Words are more hurtful than you realise, and people can get deeply affected for a long time. Life is too short to put down others, and why not make the most of it while you can, as you don't know when it would be over.
What are your opinions on online hate?