Why do people post negative comments?

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  1. truthfornow profile image68
    truthfornowposted 12 years ago

    Why do people post negative comments?

    I have had a few people, mainly those who are not hubbers but outsiders who ran across my articles, who have left pretty mean comments calling me a "loser" and such.  I just read a hub by a young person and fellow hubbers left some pretty negative comments because they didn't agree with his opinion.  Seems like there is a fine line between constructive criticism and being nasty and mean.

  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 12 years ago

    They are just people trying to show the world that they don't have a life.

  3. smcopywrite profile image59
    smcopywriteposted 12 years ago

    there are a number of reasons for some people to post negative comments. some people like the attention their negativity brings. the bickering, fighting and emotions that are evoked. some people like attention, negative or positive. some people are simply vicious spiteful people and dont like themselves and it shows in more ways than one. one of the ways it shows is in the comments they post.
    i agree with you that there is a fine line and many people cross that line. boundaries simply arent what they used to be. this is the same for manners.

    1. Lucky Cats profile image82
      Lucky Catsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have noticed a hubber or two who seem to make a career of seeking out particular topics and then relentlessly bantering with the author for - I can only guess - some type of kick. Or to fill a basic feeling of inferiority...

  4. TToombs08 profile image77
    TToombs08posted 12 years ago

    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt. She also said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

    I guess these negative commentors have small minds and instead of bettering themselves to rise to a new level, they find it easier to insult others and try to bring the others down to their level. They only succeed when one allows themselves to be dragged down.

    Or maybe their just bullies and could use a good, swift kick in the behind. yikes)

  5. profile image0
    icountthetimesposted 12 years ago

    Like you say, if the criticism is constructive then that's fine, or useful even. There's no need for people to be mean or rude though, so I can understand why you'd be annoyed at those comments.

  6. profile image0
    mickelarrposted 12 years ago

    I think that just goes with the territory when you put yourself out there.  People are threatened by others who are doing things they don't have the courage to try. 

    Take it as a compliment.  You must really be impressing them if you rile them up so much!

  7. amymarie_5 profile image61
    amymarie_5posted 12 years ago

    It's easy for some people to hide behind a computer screen and say nasty things.  Years ago I was going through a terrible depression and out of desperation I started writing about my feelings online.  I can't begin to tell you how many jerks out there commented, told me I was a loser, a waste and to kill myself.  I was devastated. 

    I think people who do these kinds of things are bullies and cowards.  They probably have no friends and spend all their free time trolling around the internet looking to unleash their misery onto someone else.

    I know it's hard, but try not to take it personally.    *hugs*

  8. cheatlierepeat profile image80
    cheatlierepeatposted 12 years ago

    I see it often as well, not on my articles yet but I have prepared myself for when that time comes. I do agree that some people get off on being mean and hurtful. It's going to be a growing/learning experience for me as I am one of those people who prefers people like me (I know, you cant please everyone) But I am a kind, non-hurtful person who strives to treat people as I would like to be treated. I tend to forget that not everyone thinks the same way. Like someone said, putting ourselves out there is going to attract all kinds. (bracing myself)

  9. Rhonda Elisha profile image60
    Rhonda Elishaposted 12 years ago

    A man that feels lost, often in his despair, desire to hurt another. He doesn't want to be alone! Which is why he carries the argumentative spirit. As posted by the other recipients, give to them no strength through their endeavors; Ignore the behavior.

  10. cre8ivOne profile image68
    cre8ivOneposted 12 years ago

    Manners seem to be a thing of the past!  People are encouraged to always speak their mind and be assertive, but in some people it just comes off as rude or obnoxious because they are demeaning in their delivery. 

    I have made many observations of people who either treated me, my kids or other innocent seeming people with aggressive and angry words.  I tend to think when someone's life is going wrong they have a bad attitude and want to take it out on others who seem to be doing well.  I have always wondered why I have to be the recipient of someone elses misplaced anger. 

    This may just be me, but when life hands me a raw deal I don't go around angry at the world, in fact, many would never know there was a problem.  Kind of just how I am, hate that out of nowhere sabatage so I won't do that to anyone else.

  11. DNCalkins profile image60
    DNCalkinsposted 12 years ago

    John Gabriel's GIFT (Greater Internet F-wad Theory) states:  Regular Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total F-wad. 

    This theory has proven to be sadly insightful.  When they don't have to fear being held personally responsible for their actions, many people behave cruelly simply because they can.

    As well, many who are regularly cruel on the internet convince themselves that because *they* do not take anything they say or do online, no one else should either.  With that in mind they can excuse any feelings they hurt by telling themselves that "It's the internet!  It doesn't matter!"

  12. tswilson profile image59
    tswilsonposted 12 years ago

    We live in a very hedonistic culture, and as such, people do what gives them the most pleasure without regard for how their actions affect others.  There is something very visceral in the "good" feelings people have when they hate.  It is truly perplexing.

    The thing to remember is that those who speak out of hate rarely speak out of logic.  Ignore their spiteful comments.

  13. Lucky Cats profile image82
    Lucky Catsposted 12 years ago

    You beat me to it, TToombs80.....great quote...and true.

  14. Utkarsh raj profile image60
    Utkarsh rajposted 12 years ago

    Ya after all one can't please everyone............... Accept the people as they are!!!!!!!!!

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    vvaleedposted 12 years ago

    Well, negative comments mean NOTHING but only reflects the state of mind of those people. May be there is a reason for this much negativity that is to say some would leave these comments out of frustration, stress, depression, de-motivation, low-morale etc. however this is certainly not the justification for this negative attitude. If you're feeling no good better to stay away from hubpages and avoid leaving your own bad experiences or nightmares. It would be wise if you share something good with your fellow hubber, even a SMILE!

    Good ideas should never be rejected with the time-worn excuses that negative thinkers automatically rattle off. Many of the positive mental attitudes can be wiped out by a decision to think negatively instead of positively. So the positive mental attitude toward reading something is fundamental and basic. Mind you, it's a constant discipline that must be set up in the process of successful thinking!

  16. JerryJupiter profile image60
    JerryJupiterposted 12 years ago

    While its easy to say that they're having problems in their own life and are just lashing out at people that cannot harm them... you also have to think of it this way, they cared enough about your idea/product/action/thing and were sad when it didn't quite meet their expectations they wanted to express their thoughts/feelings about it, and a conversation with these sorts of people can actually be enlightening (disclaimer: sometimes tongue )

  17. ePetNation profile image65
    ePetNationposted 12 years ago

    I really LOVE TToombs08 answer,   WELL SAID!!  Don't let the negative comments get you down.  These people are suffering from their own problems.  Hopefully they can rise up one day and see things in a more positive light.

  18. Loi-Renee profile image70
    Loi-Reneeposted 12 years ago

    Mickelarr hit the nail right on the head. Its hard to ignore mean and downright insensitive comments but the fact that they even bothered to comment is because they are jealous of you.
    I'm sorry you're having a hard time. Hey! Check if your good comments outnumber the bad ones. Maybe that will help you feel better.

  19. Kiss andTales profile image60
    Kiss andTalesposted 12 years ago

    Well I have had my share of those kind and more how about the ones who poke fun. No it does not feel good when you are the ones behind the statement. Yet we can fold or hold. Me I will hold. Because they can say what they want like you can. There is no law that they have to be nice to you.  But this the real world behind a name and a printed page.you keep doing what you are good at that's what matters.

  20. jainismus profile image74
    jainismusposted 12 years ago

    They are negative people. You should always just ignore and forget them

  21. leros003 profile image61
    leros003posted 12 years ago

    Usually they post negative comments as a way of expressing their feelings when they really don't have to say anything to someone, yet just a computer screen.  Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

  22. Brandon Martin profile image61
    Brandon Martinposted 12 years ago

    Well, there are many reasons....

    A tiny reason is that is is called a comment, not a compliment.


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