“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I don’t know how old I was when I learned this rhyme, but as a parent, I know it is meant to teach kids that yes, fighting can be physically painful, but words can be ignored, and therefore don’t have to be hurtful.
Unfortunately, words do hurt. They can make for a bad impression, bruise friendships, destroy relationships, and leave an ache that stays deep in one’s soul forever. While social media has always allowed for an element of anonymous discord, over the past few months, it has become the norm, and the anonymity has disappeared.
Regular, everyday words, such as “snowflake”, have a negative new meaning, there is little to no tolerance for differing opinions, and sarcasm has become downright ugly. Don’t like what someone has to say? Start your attack by calling them a name.
Harsh, critical words and name calling don’t make people want to listen to what you have to say, and they do nothing to enhance your credibility. So what’s the point in using them?