A fight won’t be worth it in the end
The text has been sent, the news has been spread. Everyone knows where to go and when to be there. The crowd rushes to witness the first punch thrown. For a week it is all over Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Once the conversations dies down and are forgotten by the people who witnessed the fight, it never registers in a person’s mind that the proof will always be just a click away. With the technology students have now it is guaranteed to be posted on the Internet, and the posted fights can give people the wrong impression of an individual and the school.
All that getting into a fight proves is that you’re unable to control your anger and you are obviously insecure about certain social situations. No matter what the situation, a fight is going to make it worse.
You may think that the number of views you get from a fight posted on YouTube exudes the number of fans you have. However, it just represents the number of people watching you ruin your life for their own selfish entertainment.
Over time society has gotten to the point where even adults are cheering on fights, and fighting has become an almost acceptable extension of solving conflicts. This practice of “solving fights” quickly leaks into the lives of naïve and youthful children.
Take the situation in California, when a mother drove her 12-year-old daughter to the fight. When her daughter was pinned down, taking blows, she proceeded to grab the other girl’s hair and drag her eight feet away from her daughter. The mother then slapped her across the face. The reasoning behind this fight? The daughter said the other 12-year-old was talking “stuff” about her.
For a group of eight teens between the gaes of 14-18 in old in Florida, beating up a girl who embarrassed them was how they dealt with a situation. The group lured a 16-year-old girl to a house and brutally beat her. They then proceeded to post a video of the beating on YouTube in the attempt of embarrassing her. The post eventually lead to all eight of the teens involved being charged with false imprisonment and felony battery.
In the last few years, 33 percent of teens have been victimized by cyber-bullying. Of this percentage, some victims committed suicide due to the disrespect they felt coming from their peers. More than half of today’s youth say that cyber-bullying is as bad, or worse, than bullying in real life.
All of this for what? For the sake of winning an argument or gaining superiority? The consequences of our sharing and posting does not usually register within our minds until we really think about it. If we did truly think about the consequences, would we continue to knowingly kill each other?
Imagine living the most embarrassing and torturous moment of your life over and over. And then everyone else gets to see it. Then put onto an account where everyone comments on it. This fight will be out in the world forever.
Fighting today just proves how little we have progressed. Our fighting doesn’t solve problems, it just leads to more conflicts. Posting and sharing these fights is a demonstration of a slightly more advanced rendition of the archaic public humiliation practiced by people in history that we now consider to be barbarians.
It is time that we start to act on ending these issues we so willingly take part in. We are better than those teens in Florida and we can only prove that fact by separating ourselves from statistics, and creating a safer, fight-free, bullying-free environment. We are capable of this change, so let’s make it happen.