Perspective, friends. There are more pertinent things to get up in arms about besides kids on the internet. I’ve been pretty active on this forum over the last 24h, and some of you are being so unreasonable and entitled, even I feel like roasting you. (disclaimer this post is not directed at the people who have been hurt by genuinely nasty comments - I’m sorry you’re being subjected to it. the internet can be cruel.)
We’ve seen an influx of thousands of kids. Some of them are really sweet. Some of them are straight up a-holes (kids have always been a-holes, that’s just real life). These kids have grown up on the internet so they’re also hardcore trolls.
Most of the annoying superiority debate about them has been from grown men, and maybe it’s because you didn’t truly understand this before… but now you know: kids are brutal. They will 100% let you know their opinion of you, and if you let it bruise your ego - that’s on you. Yes, some of them say vile things that are not ok, but most of them don’t condone those kinds of hurtful comments.
The unfortunate reality of the internet is you’re subject to a mixed bag of people, whether you like it or not, and there is no comment moderation, so we’re seeing it all. Adults are also just as inapproriate online, and that’s worse because they should know better. It’ll settle down once they find their own community and they discover the content they like and then they’ll ignore you. But initially, your videos are all they’ve seen and so they troll. And if you take it personally and fight back, they’ll come for you harder.
SO please can we stop whining about it and accept it for what it is. Because it’s happening. The kids have actually been nothing but nice to me, but then again, I don’t think I’m “/funny” so I don’t make content that sets me up for ridicule. They’re smart. I’ve interacted with countless adults who are less self-aware than they are. Some of them really like it here, and I think there’s lots of great potential in that. From what I’ve seen they’re used to a lot of toxicity on TikTok so they’ve just got their backs up, and some are just looking for reasons to bully people and make themselves feel big. Trolls. People like that have been on the internet since forever. They’re not worth getting worked up over. There are plenty of decent ones who actually want to stay on the app, and be a part of our safe space. It’ll calm down eventually.
These are just a few of the comments I’ve recieved so that you can see there is an alternate side to the hateful stuff. Feel free to keep the “positivity” going in the comments, because these kids pranked the president of the U.S, remember? Credit where credit is due, and I’m personally happy to have them.