The more that I’ve gone into this, it’s been interesting to read about people that study this behavior. It’s an actual thing.
I don’t remember. There’s an actual term for it. It’s the equivalent of drive-by hating on the Internet, where you open up your phone, you’re able to type out a bunch of horrible things to a random person you’ll never ever come into contact with. Then you’re able to snap your phone shut, and then you go on with your life like that never happened.
It’s this weird thing where people get to exist in this alternate reality where they think these words on the Internet don’t matter, and people will say that. My biggest critics of the page are usually people that think it’s a classic case of being oversensitive. “You should ignore them. You should ignore the trolls. You’re only giving them the attention they want.”
The studies prove the ones that are done online, this specific harassing behavior, show that ignoring them does not do anything to deter that type of behavior.
In fact, the more you ignore them, if you get a page like, ESPN and any posts that you go on with ESPN that features a woman for whatever reason, just open it up, do free little finger spots and tell me what you see?
The fact that these comments there’s ten thousand of them on ESPN, on any single post, all the same type of stuff. There’s no one saying, “This is inappropriate. This is not OK to say this type of stuff.”
Ignoring them doesn’t work. What we are doing right now is investigating what does work. If there was a little more accountability for the words that you said online, if I said, “Nothing you’re going to post online is ever going to be anonymous.”
The people are able to get these anonymous accounts without…I have 30 of them. Instagram literally, allows you to just make an unlimited amount of accounts.
If I told you that your words were going to be blown off and put on a billboard somewhere, you’d probably think twice before you wrote that to a complete stranger on the Internet.
Some of it, they’ve been pretty fascinating to learn stuff that I didn’t know. You knew that people were terrible on the Internet, but you didn’t really know. [laughs]
A lot of people messaged me and they’re like, “I knew it was bad, but like, what is this?” I’m like, “Yeah.” It is just not safe for work language here, but it’s not weird for women to open up their DMs and have rape threats and death threats.
These are becoming like normal things that I feature on here and they shouldn’t be normal. The more that we normalize this type of trolling behavior, people say, “It’s just trolling.” People insult over online bullying. It’s an actual thing. We can’t ignore the problem, in my opinion.