Young adults often struggle to manage their aggression, especially when it comes to heated debates like the one experienced by a Reddit user over an online chat forum.
*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*
The author begins by explaining that she joined her boyfriend and his friends for their regular group call, only to be greeted with an insulting comment from a 17-year-old Discord member. The author explains further:
"Basically, I like to join my boyfriend's and our friends’ Discord calls when I’m driving just to chat with people on the phone on my commute. My boyfriend has a lot of online friends that he plays video games with ranging from different ages. Today, I joined the Discord call after work as I usually do, and my boyfriend’s 17-year-old friend says, “Who the heck thinks to join a Discord call after work?” For context, this kid has done this before. He makes fun of people who are in the discord call a lot and asks everyone what they do for a living. Those who don’t work or go to school get made fun of by him.”
The author wasn’t a fan of being made fun of, and for this reason, she clapped back:
“Although he’s the age where he’s in high school, there are times where I see him playing video games at like 10 am. In response, I said, “How can you talk about me joining a Discord call after work when you constantly skip school to join calls and play games?” He says, “Funny how you think that's what’s happening.” I reply, “What, did you drop out?” and he says “Yeah.” I then go off on him and say, “How can you make fun of people for having no lives when you yourself aren’t doing anything either? It makes sense why you’re so stupid”.”
According to Alternative Resolutions, this incident highlights the importance of taking a measured approach to conflict resolution, especially where young people are concerned. It also showcases the benefits of self-reflection and understanding the sensitivity of the situation when dealing with a disparity in age and life experience, as touched on by the University of Florida.
Though the author felt justified by her words, her boyfriend did not agree with what she said. She concludes with:
“I want to clarify that I truly don’t care if a person drops out of school. I went in on him because of his hypocrisy, and I understand that some people cope this way but he can’t cope at the expense of others. My boyfriend told me he was really mad at me afterward, saying he’s just a kid and that I’m sad of me for getting into screaming arguments with a 17-year-old online. Some say I went too far but he did deserve to hear some of it and some of my friends say I wasn’t wrong at all.”
What do you think?
Was the author justified to have said something to the teen who insulted her, since that sort of thing goes both ways?
Or was the author out of line to insult a minor, and she should have had the foresight to be the bigger person?
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