| ||Ask HN: How to be less argumentative online?|
221 points by Fr0styMatt88 23 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 239 comments |
|Okay this might be a bit of an odd one, but here goes!|
I've come to the realization that when I'm communicating online, particularly in chats, I'm really argumentative. It's like if someone writes something that I disagree with, I'm compelled to launch into a logical argument with them right there and then. I've realised it's a bad habit and I likely come across as boorish.
The weird thing is, I don't think I used to be like this. I love debate and hang around forums and HN a fair bit when online - maybe that's the issue? It's not that I actively want to 'prove someone wrong', but part of the way I learn is through argument; expressing my disagreement in the hope that the other person will prove me wrong and I might learn something.
So I'm throwing it out there to the HN community - anyone else in the same boat? How did you deal with it and break the habit?
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