Are you trolling someone?

Why are you so keen to troll? 

After the emergence of social media, an inhumane culture of trolling has developed there. Being it any student, celebrity, leader or anyone else who has a public image is vulnerable to this trolling culture. Even in many election campaigns, this culture seems very apparent. In an era where average screen time has increased to 10 hours, why is it so that much of this time is being spent on trolling someone?

This is one of the emerging problems in society that is now not in a situation where we have very good and practical solutions for it. The question is why general public here is so keen to troll someone at the top? What is the mental impact that the person gets from such comments? How just it is to troll? What are the apparent solutions to this problem? Who is responsible for this phenomenon? This blog shall cover all of these questions 

ROOT CAUSE 

It is a unanimously accepted fact that anyone who gets trolled gets trolled by thousands of trollers. This is the reason that a person comes into the limelight in the society. There can be various causes behind it and it becomes very important to detect the root causes behind it.  

1. Sadism:

A terminology that refers to the phenomenon of someone getting happy because of someone else’s grief. This is called the sadist pleasure that trollers try to get. Taking this kind of pleasure goes against all kinds of boundaries of ethics. A person remains very unsympathetic during trolling and the only goal is this kind of pleasure. This remains a very critical issue that a troller is now in an inhumane situation and is just concerned about himself/herself. 

2. Seeking attention:

Getting attention from the public seems to be human nature. There are a lot of ethical ways for it. The thing is it becomes very easy to seek attention through trolling. Your comment tends to seek thousands of likes and you get attention. Here the fact remains very vain that whether the means of getting this attention is ethical. What will the social impact of the words be ignored?

3. Prejudice:-

There are a lot of preconceptions existing in the society. Any person is not obliged to satisfy every person thus trollers become very active just to prove their point correct. 

Mental impact  

This trolling culture in social media platforms has a very devastating impact on the mental health of any person. This is true, especially in the case of a teenager who are being continuously judged for their appearance, performance, and every aspect of themselves which makes them very self-conscious. Any student can face problems with their self-esteem because of trolling. This needs to be prevented on an urgent basis with strict measures otherwise there is a tendency for many students to be the victims of this crime. This is not the first time that someone has had the negative limelight. Thus there is a need for centralised control over social media and anti-trolling for teenagers which must be there to protect our children. 

Is it just to troll?  

Many of the demands in front of the government have been raised through trolling culture. Many crimes have been detected with the help of social media. Thus is it just to use the trolling culture for reforms or does it have a more negative impact? The question is whether this culture is just or against our ethical values. 

First of all, it is a very apparent fact that raising any concern over social media should not be categorized as trolling. It refers to, “making a deliberately offensive or provocative online post to upset someone or elicit an angry response from them:” This means if the comment is offensive it should be categorized under trolling. Thus we must say here that it is not at all just to troll. Trolling should be an offense and it should be emphasized very seriously whenever any teenager is involved

Possible solutions 

1. Encouraging bystander influence:

The bystander must be engaged to report the trolling comments. Also, social media platforms must be encouraged to take strict action to prevent this culture. 

2. Enhanced Reporting Mechanisms: 

Implement user-friendly reporting systems that allow users to report trolling easily and anonymously. This will allow users to actively engage against this system without any fear of personal defamation 

3. Automated Detection Tools: 

Use AI and machine learning to detect patterns of trolling behavior, such as repeated harassment or offensive language. Thus AI can be used efficiently to raise our voices against this trolling culture. 

4. User Education and Awareness:

 Conducting awareness campaigns to educate users about the impact of trolling and the importance of creating positive online environments. The online environment must have a positive influence on our children. 

Thus in a nutshell, we shall conclude that this culture nowadays is having a very devastating impact on the mental and emotional health of individuals. As a civilized society, this is our responsibility to maintain the personal respect and boundaries of every person living here. Thus if this culture is allowed in this way to continue, it will be very difficult for us to say that we belong to a civilized society. 

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