Ah internet trolls. One of the best things to deal with as a blogger or person of fame. NOT. What is a troll you ask? Wikipedia defines a troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”
The number one rule when dealing with them is “Don’t feed the trolls” which can be difficult when you want to defend your internet honor. While it’s easy to write them off as people with no lives, trolling is a hurtful form of bullying. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington decided to quit Twitter this year during the London games due to trolls.
Negative comments about her looks have proved to be hurtful, “Even if there are 10 nice comments, you get one idiot. I can’t help the way I look … but that has nothing to do with my swimming.”
While she’s only quitting Twitter temporarily, she says she has enough to stress over during the games. It makes me mad that trolls have such power with 140 characters or less.
What do you think about trolls? Should Rebecca Adlington quit because of them?