7 Reasons Why Online Criticism Shouldn’t Affect You

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A guest post by Mary Kleim. 

Online Criticism – Good or Bad?

Right now, there are millions of people that lurk the Internet, carrying negativity and bad vibes. These people instigate what is called ‘online criticism’. However, while most negative comments online do more harm than good, constructive criticism does exist.

In this article you will learn why there is no reason to let online comments affect you in any way. Life brings us in front of people who carry hatred within them, and we often let this affect us. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t let negative criticism get to you:

1. Everything is subjective

Before letting a harsh opinion get to your heart, you should first understand that whatever people do or say is subjective. We vary from each other for different reasons: environment, culture, beliefs, habits and so many other factors.

So when someone speaks badly to you, discourages or even threatens you, do not get involved emotionally. Whatever they say is their own opinion regarding you or what you do, so make sure you keep it like that. Instead of analysing it and letting it get to you, remember it’s only their opinion.

2. You shouldn’t listen to a frustrated stranger

When you read at a hateful comment, stop and think for a moment who wrote it. Imagine the person behind the keyboard. I bet you would characterise him as ‘frustrated’, and you know what? You are completely right.

Frustration is the number one cause that leads to hate, and ultimately results in communicating hate. Why would you bother to care about people who hate you or your ideas? Focus on the positive comments and start engaging with those you actually believe are worth your attention.

3. Haters crave superiority

Another reason why you can be assaulted online would be someone’s need for superiority. Most of the time, in real life, these people never get to feel authoritative or superior. They’re always the inferior ones.

Therefore they storm the online platforms with a craving to make people feel bad so that they feel superior. Once you realise this, you shouldn’t have a problem avoiding negative criticism. It’s reason is only to disempower you, and nothing good comes out of it.

4. What if you’re talking to a ten-year-old?

There are some kids who spend their whole day on the Internet. Their main existence belongs online where they can speak loudly and express their childish stupidity. And what is even worse, sometimes you cannot tell the difference whether the person who criticised you is just a child or an adult.

How would you feel if you had not slept last night because of something a 12-year-old kid randomly said in order to express himself? Stupid, but true, but there are many exceptional individuals who take anyone’s word as truth, and unnecessarily hurt themselves as a result.

5. ‘Useless’ comment online criticism

The majority of people scan webpages and blog posts to get a gist of its meaning. If what we see pleases us, then we start reading the rest of it properly. It is the same with comments. We read hundreds or thousands of words every day, so detecting a useless comment is easy.

A useless comment is an opinion or an affirmation that brings zero benefit to you. Zero potential. Don’t give your time and attention to useless comments that only waste your time. Scan them, and immediately delete any you think are useless.

6. Please others, and you’ll never please yourself

If you always try to make others happy, you will soon forget about yourself. Remember you own your happiness. What you do is important, because it is unique to you. Even if people never seem to appreciate this.

Leave your mark in your own style. Never be afraid to take your own path. Do as you please; after all, it is yours and yours only. And never let others take that away from you.

7. Learn to distinguish the productive online criticism

Learn to recognise productive criticism as an argument, especially when it is backed up by facts or an interesting idea. It’s worth realising which bad online comments can be improved upon.

Try to distinguish the positive from the negative, and take as much as you can from each comment. It could be a tip on how to improve something or a new way of looking at the situation.


No matter what you do next, remember that it is up to you to choose whether you accept or ignore online criticism such as disempowering attitudes and horrible comments.

There are many sad people that hate you because you are unique, and therefore more important than they are. You have achieved more than they could ever imagine, so remember that, and continue what you are doing!

About the author:

Mary Kleim is a successful writer and content creator on fast growing essay writing company Assignmentmasters.co.uk. Her spheres of interest are social media marketing and brand creation.

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