When did we (as a general society) decide that it was okay to be hypercritical of EVERYONE? This approach is widely spread in the name of humor. It can be seen in millions of memes that make fun of people, or harsh comments about beautiful performers having belly rolls or athletes missed plays viewed hundreds of times from every possible angle. Why has it become so easy to forget that the people in these images are humans with real human emotions?
There really is no such thing as Superman, but even if there was chances are good that we would destroy him with our hyper critical comments before he was even given a chance to defeat the villain. I sincerely doubt that a grown man running around with a cape and tights flying around to save people from evil villains would have any hope of escaping today's social medial onslaught. He wouldn't be deemed a hero, but he would probably be instantly cast in a million memes designed to make others laugh. It might be silly to think about, but we spend billions of dollars every year to attend movies about heros who stand out in society and help the innocent. We talk about longing to be better people who do things these heros do and forget how often those 'innocent' people berate and discard the actions of the hero. In so many ways we have become the evil villain, and no super hero is going to escape todays social media.
What is worse is that this behavior isn't really helping anyone accomplish anything of worth, yet we spend hours consuming it. Nobody can say that condemning a person for poor grammar suddenly helps them become English scholars. Why then is it necessary to publicly shame poor grammar? What exactly does this accomplish?
Think about the online 'rants' that can often be seen when the public is frustrated with roadwork that isn't executed as well as it could have been. Does it really help anyone lower commute times when we spend hours mumbling among ourselves about the what idiots serve on the county council? Complaining publicly might be much easier than setting up a meeting to discuss the concerns with the council in person, but that doesn't make the rant constructive.
The only thing these comments do is expand the types of things we are anxious about. Even parents often bash one another on social media for feeding children wrong without ever considering the times they personally struggled as a parent. Reading about the constant annoyances of day to day life has an unintended side effect of making us more annoyed with our day to day lives. When we read constant harsh criticism on social media, we learn that people are judging us for wearing pants that don't flatter and every move is subject to harsh comment. This berating one another online in the name of humor quickly paralyzes those who are working to become better and redirects our attention away from the GOOD parts of what our lives bring to this world.
Experts agree that there is a staggering increase in the number of mental illnesses based on some form of hyper response to generally normal life experiences. Anxiety, Bi-Polar, PSTD and Depression to name a few of these conditions. Hypercritical is defined as excessively and unreasonably critical, especially of small faults and is a direct correlation to the increase of mental illnesses.
If the trollish hypercritical type comments make you laugh then I'm curious if your moment of laughter is worth creating a world with even more people suffering with mental illness or paralyzed by the idea of being so harshly judged by others. What if the person plagued by mental illness was someone you love, would that change your opinion?