A Guide To Arguing On The Internet

TLDR; Don’t. But if you must…

John Bullock
6 min readJun 10, 2022
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I’ve done more arguing on the internet than I care to admit. And, while I’m happy to say my days of losing hours to Twitter threads, subreddits, and various comment sections are behind me, that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten those experiences.

What those experiences taught me was that, ultimately, arguing online is futile, wasteful… and addictive. I truly believe it is bad for us as a society, and that we’d all be better if we stepped away from social media when we feel the urge to spark up a row. That being said, going cold turkey isn’t easy, and most medical professionals when dealing with real addictions will advise gradually weaning yourself off of the substance (when that’s an option) rather than just stopping all at once.

With that in mind, I’ve put together this little guide to arguing on the Internet. This is not a guide to help you win your argument over whether Top Gun: Maverick was good, or whether wearing a Hello Kitty shirt is cultural appropriation. This guide is designed to help you cut down the time you spend arguing by helping you identify arguments that are a complete waste of time.

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John Bullock

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