If you've ever gotten into a heated discussion on Facebook or Twitter, you know it can be difficult to get your point across successfully.
We've put together a quick list of "do's and don'ts" for debating the big issues on social media platforms.
Do stay calm.
Don't let yourself get carried away. While it's easy to let emotions get the best of you, especially on topics you feel passionately about, the key to making a good argument is staying calm.
Take a deep breath, step away from your computer if necessary, but don't reply in haste or you may end up typing something you'll regret.
Do ask questions.
It can be tough to make an important point on social media, especially if you're on a platform that limits the length of posts. Don't be afraid to ask someone to expand on a point before you respond. You may find more information changes your perspective, or gives you a better angle to argue against.
Don't react to deliberately provocative statements.
Trolls gonna troll. Don't let yourself rise to obviously inflammatory comments that are only designed to provoke others. If you do, you're giving the trolls what they wanted.
Pick your battles — if you suspect someone is just trying to get a rise out of you, don't give him or her the satisfaction.
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