Arguing on the internet isn’t productive

By Caitlin Soard

It’s easy to engage in little arguments on Facebook.

You’re relatively anonymous—especially if it’s a friend of a friend you’re arguing with – and it’s pretty low-risk as far as arguments go. What can a friendly political debate hurt, right?

Well, nothing, if you’re actually being civil.

But, how many times have you actually witnessed a civil Facebook debate? It’s like the Loch Ness Monster of the Internet.

I’m guilty of doing this. It’s easy; you engage with something you think it’s completely idiotic and end up getting heated.

However, I’ve been trying to stop. It’s bad for your health—both mentally and physically. It’s the social media version of eating potato chips for breakfast: It doesn’t satisfy you and you’ll be back for more in a couple of hours.

A good friend and I had a discussion recently about how ultimately pointless it is to argue with someone on the Internet: You’re not going to change your opinion (probably) and neither are they.

I’m not saying not to call out sexist, racist or bigoted behavior. Absolutely call someone out if they’re being inappropriate. But commenting and moving on without getting hostile is far more productive for everyone involved—plus, it saves your blood pressure from going up.

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About Ashley Shuler 1253 Articles

Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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