How to Deal With Online Trolls, According to the The Big Bang Theory

1. The Internet makes it easier for people to be mean.

1. The Internet makes it easier for people to be mean.

Howard’s right! A lot of online bullies only feel confident enough to post mean-spirited things because they don’t have to reveal their identities. It’s easy to act tough behind a screen, but most trolls are probably insecure about their own lives.

Instead of letting a faceless bully get the better of you, remember that the commenter is a person who most likely wouldn’t have the courage — or would even want — to say hurtful things to your face.
2. Just because you can say whatever you want doesn’t mean you should.

2. Just because you can say whatever you want doesn’t mean you should.

Because the Internet provides a blanket of security, some people feel they can say whatever they want without facing any consequences.

However, it’s important to remember that just because you can say that someone else’s theory is meaningless online or in person, doesn’t mean you should.
3. Be proud that you put yourself out there in the first place!

3. Be proud that you put yourself out there in the first place!

Anytime you post something online, you open yourself up to criticism. Just be proud that you took that leap and be confident in what you’ve done.

Not everyone will agree with you or like you, but who cares? Make your experience about you sharing what you believe in and brush the haters right off your accomplished shoulders.
4. Remember: You don’t have to read the comments.

4. Remember: You don’t have to read the comments.

Of course it’s intriguing to find out what others are saying about you, but your value isn’t determined by what others think. Sometimes closing the tab or disconnecting from the Internet completely for a while can be the healthiest option.
5. It’s okay to laugh at yourself.

5. It’s okay to laugh at yourself.

Look, you’re human, which means you’ve probably done something embarrassing during your life. The more you can laugh at yourself, the more you’ll be able to not let others’ laughter affect you.
6. Talk to someone you trust.

6. Talk to someone you trust.

If the trolls really are bringing you down, internalizing your pain could just make it worse. Open up to someone you care about, and who cares about you, to relieve some of the tension. Chances are they’ll prove to you why the anonymous bully is wrong about you.
7. Own your past and move forward.

7. Own your past and move forward.

You can’t go back in time, so why not just accept that what done is done? Did you put on a sparkly dress and bully people in the past? Vow to learn from your mistakes knowing that while your past is part of your story, it doesn’t have to define you.
8. Don’t let online negativity impact your relationships.

8. Don’t let online negativity impact your relationships.

Mean comments are hurtful, and it’s okay to be upset. However, allowing that frustration to carry over to your relationships won’t do you any favors.
9. Most trolls are looking for a response.

9. Most trolls are looking for a response.

A lot of trolls are itching to rile you up. The moment you indulge their desperation, you invite a full-blown comment battle. Surely you have better things to do than give them that satisfaction — like catching up on any Big Bang episodes you’ve missed on CBS.com, perhaps?
10. If you don’t like people trolling you, you shouldn’t troll others!

10. If you don’t like people trolling you, you shouldn’t troll others!

Bernadette didn’t like being criticised, and she wanted to find something embarrassing about Amy in order to make her feel better. While the girls are friends, it’s still hurtful to project insecurities on others. Make your life easier and your interactions with others more enjoyable by refusing to engage in online bullying.
11. What others say makes you weird could actually be what makes you so cool!

11. What others say makes you weird could actually be what makes you so cool!

Spend your free time writing Little House on the Prairie fan fiction? That’s awesome! Sure, some people won’t get it, but your interests make you unique, and you have no reason to be ashamed of who you are.
12. Sometimes you’ll be surprised when you confront your online bully.

12. Sometimes you’ll be surprised when you confront your online bully.

Believe it or not, some trolls really don’t mean what they say anonymously. By respectfully confronting your online bully, you might just find that he really is a good person who was just looking to project their insecurities on someone else (you). Hey, you might even learn your bully is a fan of your work!