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Did someone on the Internet say something you disagree with? Before you discredit your argument by harassing another human being, consider doing something fun instead.

Sure, using ad hominem attacks to support an ambiguous cause may seem like a good use of your time, but there are plenty of other things you could be doing. Here are just a few!

Play Those Games You Bought On Steam Over The Summer

Do you have any idea how much money you’ve wasted on Steam games, only to never play them? We’ve pointed out tools that can show you all the money you’ve spent Do You Want To Know How Much Time & Money You've Spent On Steam? Do You Want To Know How Much Time & Money You've Spent On Steam? Steam's annual holiday sale just recently ended and I know some of your wallets are really hurting right now. Day after day, flash sales and daily specials hit us in the face and it was... Read More , but it’s not a waste if you actually go through all those games. Go do that!

Games are fun. Far more fun than threatening to assault someone because their views on consumer products don’t align with yours.

Break A Video Game World Record

Finishing a game can take a long time, but it takes a lifetime to truly master one. People who spend their time playing games repeatedly, instead of saying hateful things to strangers on the Internet, become incredibly talented.

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Sometimes these people break world records, and create videos explaining how they managed to do so. Here’s someone called Cosmo, beating Zelda’s Ocarina Of Time in 18 minutes.

Wasn’t that amazing? Taking the time to practice something until you’re the best person in the world is incredibly rewarding. It’s a feeling of self-actualization few people ever get, and something you’ll never feel after threatening a stranger online because of something they said regarding pop culture.

Make Something Cool With Your Own Hands

My friend James Bruce decided to spend some time making a cool DIY ambilight Make Your Own Ambilight for $60 Make Your Own Ambilight for $60 Ambient lighting that reacts to the image on your TV is easier and cheaper than you think - and it makes for a great upgrade to your home cinema experience. Read More , instead of tweeting gendered slurs at someone he doesn’t know. The result projects colours from his TV to the wall behind it, which gives the illusion of extending the screen.

Making things yourself can save you money over pre-built options, and seeing the fruits of your labour feels great. You know how you feel after creating a fake Twitter account, just to insult someone who’s already blocked you? This feels way better than that!

Another fun thing you could do is turn an old Android phone into a retro arcade How To Make A Retro Game Console Out Of An Old Android Device How To Make A Retro Game Console Out Of An Old Android Device Read More . This keeps your used phone out of the landfill, let’s you play classic games with friends, and doesn’t actively perpetuate any negative stereotypes about people who share your favourite hobby.

Oh man! Smash Brothers 64! Good times.

Engage With The Ideas You Disagree With Instead Of Just Attacking An Individual

If none of these options sound fun right now, and you feel like you need to say something, consider responding to the ideas instead of the person. This traditionally helps your cause – even more than leaking the personal information of someone who didn’t do anything to you.

It’s a lot more work, to be sure, but the results are usually more helpful.

See? It’s not impossible.

But maybe you think this is the wrong approach. Maybe the person who said something you disagree with is sincerely terrible, and deserves to be shunned. Maybe you think that person is intellectually dishonest, and is using tactics that are reprehensible to spread a message that will lead to the death of an entire industry – and maybe only you can stop it.

Maybe.

But if all you can do is attack that person, to the extent where any attempt to search for legitimate criticism brings up mostly hate-fueled rants, there’s a chance your efforts might not be helping.

Anyway, I’m not telling you what to do – these are just fun alternatives!

What Do You Do Instead Of Harassing Strangers?

It might seem important – nay, necessary – to add more vitriol to the web in order to make some kind of point. It isn’t!

So I want to know: what fun and rewarding thing did you do today, instead of of spewing hatred toward someone who is only trying to express their ideas? Let me know in the comments below! I’m sure we’ll have some good clean fun.

  1. Jerome
    September 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Not sure you could engage on an idea level with a troll. Or a French ;-)
    I've seen people get really mad when explained why their idea /point is not great. But again, it's engaging any sort of contact with people like those worth the effort?

    • sonylisation
      September 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Most often, no. People who cant have a civilized conversation, even thou their views are not compatible with others, are almost never worth your time.

      There are so many energyconsumers out there that entering the webs might cause a heartattack or a lost day/year.

  2. Ben S
    September 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Play a super-tough game like Super Meat Boy. Your anger will be redirected mighty fast.

    • Justin P
      September 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Super Meat Boy might make my anger issues worse, actually...

  3. Guy M
    September 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    This should be mandatory reading before entering the Interwebs.

  4. Sara S
    September 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    go outside and get off your computer devices. Hard concept to understand, I know.

    • LOL
      September 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      LOL yah i guess it must be hard for you to understand that some people actually run the convenient world you live in by sitting at a computer. Screw them right?

    • Sara S
      September 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I'm just saying instead of harassing strangers on the internet (like the article is about), go outside and find something to do. Hell harass strangers outside and see what happens.

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