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Is That Comment Really Necessary?
            Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest daughter of American President Theodore Roosevelt. She was a writer and during her long life (she died in 1980 at the age of 86), she was a popular hostess who gave many parties in Washington, D.C. She was also a famous gossip (爱说三道四的人).
      In her home, where many powerful politicians came to visit, there was a cushion (靠垫) on the sofa which said, “If you don’t have anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” Alice delighted in hearing the worst about people, but she treated gossip (闲言碎语) with a sense of humor. It wasn’t meant to be harmful; it was a way of making important people seem more human.
      It’s hard to imagine what Alice would think about all the gossip flying around the Internet today, and all the unpleasant comments people make on social media. She probably wouldn’t like it because the comments are aimed at ordinary people and they are meant to be hurtful. The Internet is now filled with “trolls*” who feel entitled to criticize others and shower negative comments on people they don’t even know.
      This “troll” behavior has become an ugly trend and psychologists say it is harmful to society and to people’s mental health. When the Internet is filled with negative comments, we start to distrust others and only see their bad side. And, if you happen to be on the receiving end of unpleasant comments, it can cause depression, anxiety and pretty much ruin your life.
      However, trolls, at heart, may not be bad people. They may just get carried away by the unique characteristics of the Internet: anonymity, distance, and the use of written words. Anonymity, because no one knows who is making the comments. Distance, because the person receiving the comments seems far away. And because Internet comments are made in writing, it’s easier to say things that you wouldn’t say out loud.
        Humans are social creatures, so making comments about other people is as natural to us as breathing air. However, we should try to think carefully before we post a comment online and ask ourselves these questions: Am I being fair? Am I being hurtful? Is my comment really necessary?

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