Getting into any type of argument is never easy. An argument on the internet, however, is a different story.
Here are some tips for making sure you don’t embarrass yourself the next time you’re forced into an argument over the world wide web.
Be as Articulate as Possible
While it might seem obvious, you’d be shocked how many people come into an argument ill-prepared.
Make sure that if you’re going to be a keyboard warrior, you’re fighting for something worth your effort.
If it’s really something you’re prepared to battle for make sure you express your points as clearly as possible. You can say a lot in very few words if you planned them out correctly.
Also, your punctuation goes a long way to making sure rational and collected, rather than dropping a giant wall of text in the comment section.
Poor spelling and grammar won’t make you look any smarter.
Backup Your Points with Actual Evidence
You can be as grammatically correct as you want but you always lose an argument if the facts aren’t on your side.
That’s like trying to bring a knife to a gun fight and forgetting the knife.
Make sure to link the evidence directly, instead of insisting that people find it themselves, and always pull info from credible sources, like academic journals or trusted news networks.
Be sure that info your citing is relevant to the argument at hand instead of some irrelevant factoid or point.
Those will only make it seem like you’re deflecting.
Don’t be Afraid to Challenge Others Viewpoints
Psychological research suggested those with fix ideas/opinions aren’t likely to consider different perspectives or even critically analyze how they came to their own conclusion.
With that in mind, nothing will give you an advantage or put your opponent on their heels like directly challenging those views.
Asking them to explain their views helps you to understand and better dissect their argument point by point.
If you use this tactic be prepared to have your own logic and exclamations ready, however. Nothing kills your argument like seeming hypocritical.
Don’t Come Across Too Defensive
Chances are that if someone is acting wildly defensive in an argument, they’ve run out of actual points to make.
Getting overly defensive is a telltale sign that you’re on the losing end and, more than likely, come across as a jerk.
Your argument loses any nuance as you get more and more entrenched, refusing to acknowledge your point might even be slightly flawed.
Even if you make a great point of mounds of good evidence, you still shouldn’t come across as a jerk.
Staying polite and civil, even during a heated debate, reflects well on you.
The anonymity of the web has a way of emboldening people to say some truly horrible things to others.
There’s no reason to heap on more negativity, especially over the Internet to another flash and blood person with actual feelings.
Nobody wins when the argument gets personal.