Posts Tagged ‘mobile device zombie’

Keyboard warriors and people who are continuously glued to their mobile phone screens walking around like zombies, the wonders of modern technology as it seems that nowadays people always feel braver, or perhaps more comfortable, behind the safety of a screen than properly interacting with other members of the human race.

Being a campaigner for marine conservation and gender equality, I quite often come across the plight of the keyboard warrior so I am relatively immune to it. But let’s have a look at what one really is on urbandictionary.com:

A Person who, being unable to express his anger through physical violence (owning to their physical weakness, lack of bravery and/or conviction in real life), instead manifests said emotions through the text-based medium of the internet, usually in the form of aggressive writing that the Keyboard Warrior would not (for reasons previously mentioned) be able to give form to in real life.

2. The term is a combination of the word ‘keyboard’ (the main tool by which the person expresses his/her latent rage) and ‘warrior’ (due to the warrior-like aggression, tendency towards violence, headstrong nature and propensity towards brute force as a means of resolving conflict rather than more subtle means dependant on finesse).

3. The Keyboard Warrior seeks to use the power imbued in his ‘weapon’ to effect death and destruction (in a strictly-metaphorical sense) upon his foes (other virtual identities he has encountered on the internet). In essence, the keyboard (ie. text input ability) allows the keyboard warrior to manifest his true warrior nature in a safe and removed environment, from which no real-life repercussions.

4. Keyboard Warriors are generally identified by unnecessary rage in their written communications, and are regarded as ‘losers’ by other virtual identities on the internet.

I think we all are guilty of taking on the Keyboard Warrior persona at some point in our lives. It doesn’t mean that we are naturally violent in nature; it can mean a person is passionately trying to get their point across via websites etc and in the process rallies others into an accidental hate campaign. Check out Southeastern train’s Twitter feed, normal people losing their tempers provoked by immeasurable frustration.

Another example is when one of my friends put up a post stating that organ donning should be compulsory upon death, I argued this point saying that everyone should have the choice. The next thing I know I am being criticised for my opinion because it did not match others. I was unnecessarily persecuted and many hoped that I did not have children because of my opinion when if they had actually read my comment, they would have seen that I wasn’t against organ donning, far from it, I just said that people have a right to choice.

This was a classic example of people being overrun by their emotions on the internet and in turn making them judgemental before they have all of the information, they then react in an aggressive manner and inadvertently form a hate storm against someone who was just making a comment the same as them. This often happens in very closed end, influential circles.

Of course you do get the others who deliberately stir up people to get a reaction. Under the ‘Troll’ heading, I see this a lot when involved in online campaigns. These people have no interest in the campaign, they deliberately intervene to either cause a distraction, or just to stir up emotions even more. As there is a high element of maliciousness involved, I think these types of Keyboard Warriors are the worst – they also clearly have too much time on their hands.

Let’s have a look at the closely related mobile zombie. These individuals are high in population and can be seen virtually every minute of every day. I am also guilty of being one and I often see them on my commute to work on the train in the mornings and evenings.

They often form a stance of standing or sitting, neck and head is curved forward and eyes are fixated on the screen of either a mobile phone or eReader device. They very rarely look up to see where they are walking, and if you are in desperate need of a priority seat on the train, don’t be annoyed at these people, subtly get their attention so they move for you.

While these individuals are relatively harmless, the risk comes in when they are walking and staring into their mobile devices, we are not in China and do not have cell lanes after all. I don’t need to say that walking along and not looking where you are going is a hazard to the person doing the walking and the person being walked into.

So where is the resolution here?

Well we could always revert back to the pre-mobile device age, or we could just think before we post and actually look where we are walking. After all, is a post, text, email really that important that you neglect basic manners?

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