If you’re witnessing behavior you don’t like, sometimes the best thing you can do is find a way out of the situation. By withdrawing your support, you show others that you won’t stand for it.
If you feel hurt in the social media world—or on one website or online community—consider hanging out more in the real world or in different corners of the digital world.
Rumors and gossip can create a toxic environment that you don’t need to be a part of. The next time your friends start gossiping, consider removing yourself. Go do something else. Make a statement by refusing to talk about other people.
Your peers may also disagree with the behavior you’re witnessing, but may be afraid to take a stand. By walking away, your friends may be inspired to join you and remove themselves, too.
Consider phrases like, “Well, on that note, I’m outta here,” “Hey, I’m running late for something,” “This is lame,” or “This is pointless. I’m getting out of here.”