Critical Keyboard Warriors

Hold the press, are more and more of us becoming those people?

A simple post from Richard Branson caught my eye this morning as I scrolled (incessantly, might I add) through LinkedIn. A one liner about taking care of mental health with exercise, as he and I assume, his team had completed a Spin session together with smiles all around.

And, isn’t that nice? A billionaire aware of the perils of mental health and how exercise can provide a benefit.

Oh, wait. They let the keyboard warriors out.

There comments were full to the brim of people criticising Branson for not being poor (how very dare he be born in to a privileged family) and having enough riches in his life to not have to ‘worry’ about mental health and sure, of course you have time to work out, because you’re a billionaire, with a private island and a whole team of housekeepers, chefs and maids. Angling that he’s never lifted a finger in his life to earn his fortune and live his fortunate, privileged lifestyle.

But then there was another man, keyboard warrior extraordinaire, CEO of some fantastical corporation who was attacking those from poorer backgrounds, criticising them for the situation they were in. Slating them for their ‘choices’ they had made which had led them to be the ‘bitter, cry-babies’ that he was evidently ‘sick of’. Bothering to take the time to reply individually to each of them and bring them down with scathing responses.

Morrison’s were next on the slate wagon, a post about their pledge to reduce their plastic consumption/reduction as a corporation. But no, that wasn’t good enough for the pious among LinkedIn, ‘I remember Morrison’s were the first to introduce the plastic wrapped vegetable and I stopped buying from them’. I’m sorry, but they are trying to now make a difference when it is becoming imperative that we do so and to be perfectly honest I think they’re doing a damn site better than their competitors are bothering to do. On the issue of plastic consumption I’ve seen, or heard squat from the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi or Lidl who seem to be making no differences to their habits at all, but that’s a rabbit hole for another day.

But then again, if they did publicise anything, they would be slated for it.

No, just no…stop, keyboard warriors. Please.

The more time I spent on social media, the more tired I become. People are regressing to constant sniping, one liner put downs and downright rude responses to people simply trying to do something positive or send some sort of message. Comments sections are everywhere regardless of content, yet I fear they scream for this type of critique and invite the argument within their confined walls.

The constant bashing is fast losing it’s appeal, what happened to not saying anything if you have nothing good to say?

There are a few shining stars of the internet, putting positivity back out in to the world but they seem to be being crushed by the noise of negativity trying to be heard and validated. The hoards of people and their negativity sound like bleating sheep, all spreading their self-righteous gospel.

While I am quite happy to navigate away from a video or piece of content that I didn’t like so much by not hitting a thumbs down, or writing a scathing comment about how much time I wasted, others seem incapable to do so.

Does it give them some joy? Does it make them feel good?
I think keyboard warriors forget themselves because there are simply no ramifications for their actions. You still don’t have to display your face, if you don’t wish to do so, your real name or anything true about you in any way shape or form.
We’ve all seen it when a celebrity calls out someone for a crappy comment they leave and generally the response is ‘Oh, I didn’t mean it that way…’ and a lot of back peddling, so I do wonder if people are just forgetting why they write these things?

I just feel tired of it all.

If you made it this far, I hope you had a wonderful day and did something that made you smile or laugh at least once. If you did, think back on that moment and savour it before you go to sleep and remember it in the morning as you get ready for your day.

Leave a nice comment on a YouTube video, an Instagram post, a Twitter thread or even Richard Branson’s LinkedIn. Let’s start being pleasant and kind to one another again.

Rainbows and sparkles, people.

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