Seems on the same page but are we really on the same page: Whatsapp chat hate, insult and anger

None of the social media is as popular to construct group as WhatsApp. People create groups in the name of school friends, neighbour or family member with an underlying idea of communication. Sometimes to post a spiritual post or light jokes or share the recipe. Although share and post happen online, however, consequences occur in real life.

Interestingly, typed words do bruise in the same way as spoken words. They are sometimes more overwhelming as printed terms can remain there for a whole day. 

For the WhatsApp post, language matters for the readers and people around. The language used for a comment seems hilarious for a person; however, have the power to segregate a person. In certain instances, the language used may be derogatory or demeaning for a person. In that scenario, a primary human defence mechanism of ‘fight and flight’ plays a pivotal role in responding. A person either choose to go into mutism /exit phenomena or try to defend; that leads to so-called WhatsApp argument.

Displaying of WhatsApp messages seems to be on the same continuous page; however, participants usually are not on the same page. Unfortunately, many people in a WhatsApp group want to construct a person based on their past appearance and accomplishments. Some people even want to fit the identity of an individual in a  pre-decided box. Name-calling and shaming consider being new cool attitude from WhatsApp angle.

People don’t even realize that innocuous-looking comments can be venomous for mental health. Group culture on WhatsApp does have benefits of networking; however, if not used judiciously can turn into a dangerous weapon that can jeopardize the professional reputation and personal serenity.

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