The Human Thumb – A Silent and Deadly Killer of Trolls

August 28, 2016

If you have been blessed with the full use of your thumbs and most often engage in social media on your cell phone or small tablet, this is for you. For those of you on a laptop or desktop, you’re on your own.

The ability to scroll past content you don’t care to read or don’t agree with is an incredible gift. There is a fairly new movement to disable the ability for people to comment on social media content. I think this is an unfortunate result of the incessant need for Internet trolls to fill comment strings with often hateful and unproductive vitriol (as if there is any other kind of vitriol).

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The human condition, now largely driven by or technological inter-connectedness, can be vastly improved if we follow these simple steps –

1 Touch you smart phone screen with your thumb

2 Scroll through content in your social media feed by pushing your thumb in an upward or downward motion while maintaining contact with your screen

3 If you see content you don’t particularly care for or like, keeping scrolling using said thumb

4 Repeat as necessary for a much happier life

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we shouldn’t engage in productive, thoughtful and educated dialogue. Quite frankly, that’s the part of social media I enjoy and hope the trend to disable comments doesn’t become the norm. The beauty of diversity is when a conversation grounded in opposing views can be respectfully resolved by agreeing to disagree. But if you don’t have something productive to say and feel the urge to engage in the distasteful art of Internet trolling, please refer to the instructions above.