This is just a rant post but…
There’s something SERIOUSLY wrong with tumblr
When I joined back in like what… 2010? The worst of this site was the Mishapocalyse (to me anyways because I never watched the show). And that was just because it kinda got annoying? It was funny though, and like… no one got hurt over it.
Now? This site feels like it’s a climb to whoever can be the most “woke” person and a contest on shitting on anyone and everyone who either annoys them, disagrees with anyone on anything, or said a ~controversial~ thing.
I’m pretty sure that this started because well, when websites get big they can draw all sorts of attention. And maybe callout posts started from good intentions? But this site, in our current state, can go and die. And I love tumblr, I do, I find funny stuff on here, make friends on here, and can follow content that’s enjoyable.
But I’ve had friends who have been treated like shit on here. I’ve seen “discourse” that blows up into full on abuse. People delete their accounts because they either said something that wasn’t true, where they probably just didn’t know better, or because they said something that others didn’t want to hear. And then people laugh and cheer? I’m sure that most people leave for the better, but I know people who have wanted to leave because of how toxic this site it. Or because they’ve been pushed to feel unwanted and unaccepted. People leave because they have been hurt on this site.
I found the word toxic funny at first, like, how can you possibly be hurt by words online? But then I realized just how much it can hurt when a whole community, or even a small group, gangs up on you. Maybe it’s for a good reason, maybe you made mistakes. But maybe it’s not, and usually, the treatment towards these people is way too severe.
I don’t know what it is that makes people so agressive when they’re online. I can admit that it comes over me too, it’s easy to act tough when you aren’t facing someone right in front of you. It’s easy to act like your words don’t hurt anyone when you can’t see someone’s tears.
I’m sure that some people, maybe even you reading this, think that those who get hurt online are just weak or something. And yeah, maybe it’s because some of us aren’t as strong to withstand hurtful words. But why should anyone be abused in the first place?? Why can’t people just say “hey, I disagree with you and this is why” or just not respond at all? The unfollow button is right there. Maybe someone says something blatantly incorrect and ignorant. Why is the group mentality of this website to insult and provoke? Why can’t we just teach or discuss?
Can you imagine having a teacher who calls you a dumbass for not knowing something? Kids telling you you’re worthless or terrible because you didn’t know something? This is terrible behavior. And then this website goes even further and the amount of suicide-baiting?? Can you imagine if you didn’t know something in class, and you were sent away being told to just end your life?
People are really out on this website, hell, many websites, looking to hurt people. And I really am finding this hard to accept. It’s hard to stay on here, but why should anyone leave a place that’s supppsed to be about having fun and making friends who share the same interests, when it’s just a bunch of bad eggs who like to hurt others in the batch?
It’s like going to a park to make friends and leaving because there’s a bully. It’s not fair.
Why can’t people just not hurt one another? What happened to the “treat how you want to be treated”?