How to avoid pointless debates on Twitter

Filling the pail

I have been on Twitter since 2012. In the early years, I felt it was my duty to try to engage with anyone who wanted a discussion. I thought that this would help me to form a more balanced perspective. To be fair, sometimes it did and sometimes it still does. This is when disagreement reaches the higher levels of Graham’s hierarchy of disagreement, when those involved in the discussion are genuinely trying to figure something out. As Graham suggests, “You don’t have to be mean when you have a real point to make. In fact, you don’t want to. If you have something real to say, being mean just gets in the way.”

Unfortunately, too many people are mean. If anyone insults you, I suggest blocking them. I didn’t block anyone in my first few years, but if someone calls me a name then they are now gone…

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