Whether you're a celebrity or someone who's of certain stature, one of the many downsides of fame is having to deal with haters online.
Internet trolls resort to social media to freely badmouth famous people or fellow netizens, but what they don't realize is that these seemingly harmless but harsh comments can take a toll on a person's mental and emotional well-being.
No wonder some of your favorite artistas leave social media for goods.
The good news is there are ways to deal with these kinds of people. If you ever encounter any form of bullying online, it would be wise to do the following:
Don't feed the trolls
The best way to deal with them is to not deal with them at all. In short, do your best to ignore them. While it's very tempting to fight back, arguing will only start a flame war and make things worse. By then, it would be too late to back off.
Make them feel heard
If you really feel compelled to answer back, do it the right way. Acknowledge their presence, thank them for their comments, and let them know they've been heard. Once a commenter starts to feel like he's being listened to, the bullying usually stops.
Use them as motivation
When it comes to dealing with trolls, you can either add fuel to the argument or use the experience to fuel your own fire. Use these negative comments as motivation to prove them wrong and come back better and stronger than ever. At this point, there's nowhere to go but up.
Let your friends and allies do the talking
Instead of fighting back, let the positive words of your friends and followers send your haters into hiding. Better yet, let your work speak for itself—don't give them a reason to doubt who you are and what you can offer. If you continue to impress, your doubters will eventually turn into believers.
If you're looking for more ways to deal with online haters, you might want to check out the new Netflix comedy series Haters Back Off.
The show, which is based on the life of YouTube star Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger), features tips on how to succeed in an industry full of doubt and negativity. Proceed to Netflix to get started!