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Dealing with a Facebook know-it-all can ruin the few hours of downtime you have after a long and stressful day at w...
Dealing with a Facebook know-it-all can ruin the few hours of downtime you have after a long and stressful day at work, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Just as in real life, an irritating online social presence can be shut down under the right circumstances.
Here are 5 simple ways to silence one for good:
First, remember that this is a social forum. This is your biggest advantage. Your smarty-pants tormentor is never far from prying eyes glued to computer screens the world over. Everything they say can (and likely will) be viewed by friends on both of your lists.
This can be leveraged to moderate the conversation. Express yourself in complete posts, so that you can make calm, cohesive, and uninterrupted points. If you post random thoughts on the fly, you have lost that advantage.
Next, avoid being antagonistic. As soon as they sense that they have gotten under your skin, the momentum sways to their side. Instead, try prefacing your point with phrases that imply an open mind like, “I see what you are saying, but I think…” or “Perhaps, but it seems to me…” Doing so ensures that you acknowledge their point, while also making you appear moderate and in control. Simultaneously, you keep your contentions from being obnoxiously assertive.
Another advantage of the Facebook exchange is the social network you have at your disposal. Remember that you have hundreds of friends with different areas of expertise. Tag those who know the most about the issue at hand and enlist their help to turn the tides in your favour. People appreciate your confidence in them when you recognize the value of their input.
As this know-it-all loses footing, keep an eye out for them to retreat behind a smokescreen of logical fallacies. If you can catch them in one or two, not only will they fail to make their point, but they will look desperate and lose credibility.
Finally, if your opponent proves incorrigible, hide the troll from your newsfeed. Why subject yourself to senseless antagonism if you can avoid it? Often online antagonists thrive on negative attention and will spurt off incendiary statements just for fun. Don’t feed the trolls. Now take a breath and enjoy your know-it-all-free social media experience!