Did Somebody Offend You On Twitter? Then YOU Are The Problem, And YOU Need To Get Over It

Welcome to Twitter.

It’s a magical place. News, blog posts, websites, photos, video, music, thoughts, ideas, gossip and opinions are shared in their millions, in real-time, at the click of a button. Members are free to literally say whatever they want.

And sometimes, the things that they say will upset you, and you are going to get offended.

Whatever are you going to do?

Notice the theme here? You. You’re offended. You have taken offense. You have a problem.

You, you, you.

So you need to get over it. Chill. Relax. Take a step back. Deal with it. Is it so bad? Does it matter? Really? What’s the worst thing that can happen? Can’t you just move on?

Taking offense on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else certainly isn’t a new concept. People have been taking offense over minutiae forever. Stand-up comedian Steve Hughes completely nailed our bizarre reaction to things that we find offensive in this very amusing routine from a couple of years ago.

Even worse are those people who get offended on behalf of somebody else. What’s that about? It’s like some folks need every opportunity to let others know that they are outraged.

And at the absolutely bottom of the loony bin are people who opt in to read, listen to and/or watch something that they know is going to be offensive to them because it’s always been that way in the past and comes with a sticker that says ‘may cause offense’… and then complain about it afterwards because they were offended.

I mean, seriously now… what?

On Twitter, you have an unfollow button. You have a block button. You have a choice. You can choose to be offended, or you can choose to be something else. You know, like indifferent. Tolerant. Accepting. Cool. Taking offense is not an involuntary act like falling in love or laughing. You are responsible.

So suck it up, roll with it, and move the heck on.

(Twitter bird image via Shutterstock.)

Publish date: March 22, 2012 https://stage.adweek.com/digital/offended-on-twitter/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT