If you often read your social media feeds, then you know what a social media “mema” is. Mema is short for “may masabi lang,” and there are undoubtedly a lot of these people online whose goals include trolling, triggering angry responses, and convincing others that their opinions are the only ones that are right.

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Social media memas don’t bring anything new to the discussion. In fact, they often ruin any smart online exchange. Avoid being that person through these simple steps:

1. Think before you post.

It’s a pretty basic concept, but something that a lot of us are guilty of forgetting at one point or another. You are your words. Is what you’re about to post helping enrich the discussion? Is it something positive? Rereading everything before hitting post or send can save you the trouble of being heckled at, and save others the possible pain that insensitive statements may cause.

2. Allow others their own opinions.

If a friend posts something that you don’t agree with, you don’t need to flood her with comments saying that she’s wrong. Social media is a public space where everyone can speak freely, so unless a post is hurtful, unprofessional, and reportable, let people share and vent.

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3. Don’t hit below the belt.

If you suddenly find yourself in an online argument, do your best to turn it into a venue for a clean conversation. Do not hit people on how they look on their profile pictures or on what’s posted on their pages. Stick to the topic, and if things get too hot, step back. There are other things more important than raging online.

4. Stop being a grammar nazi.

Your intelligence isn’t measured by how good you are in speaking English. Don’t go around correcting people’s grammar and making them feel inferior because of making mistakes. Not only is it disrespectful, but it doesn’t do anything to push your ideas forward. 

5. Just keep scrolling.

You don’t need to comment on each and every post that you read. You don’t need to start an argument with everyone you don’t agree with. When you find something you don’t like, just keep scrolling. Trust us—after a few minutes, whatever that stranger said won’t even matter.

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