To be clear this journal is about positive ways to deal with internet negativity.
The linked article and it's companion piece "The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
show some common sense results of studies about human nature we should keep in mind when online.
Do any of you ever read or follow discussions on topics that mean a lot to you that just end in frustration?
I find a lot of things I enjoy, especially Video Games and the art relating to them. They get a lot of negativity thrown at them.
How do you deal with "internet" negativity?
The article "The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck
" really raises some excellent points on the subject.www.motherjones.com/environmen…
The article points out a study on the effects of negative or insulting comments, "it appeared that pushing people's emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs
The deal is, people tend to "feel first, think second". "Therefore, if reading insults activates one's emotions, the "thinking" process may be more likely to be defensive in nature, and focused on preserving one's identity and preexisting beliefs
That sure explains a lot and makes a great deal of sense.
It's nearly impossible to have a discussion on hot button topics like sexism (a common topic now) or climate change (what the study references) without "internet" negativity overtaking and derailing any rational discussion.
If true, I thinks it's helpful to be consciously aware how negativity can drag us down, I definitely feel it when I start second guessing my art due to the negativity surrounding some of my inspiration ( a lot of Japanese games and artists. We all know how bad western versus eastern discussions can get).
Does any type of negativity hurt your productivity?
Does it affect the subject matter of your art?
Dou you have ways of dealing with negativity?