Editor's note: This article is part of a digital and on-air series called In Progress, which shines a light on young, inspiring women doing something original and cool. Blogger, comedian and Youtuber Akilah Hughes certainly fits that bill. Check out her website, itsakilahobviously.com.
The Internet is the greatest invention of our time. You can order food, sell your couch or learn a language simply by reading or watching free content in the comfort of your own home. Knowing that, there are still some people who choose to be annoying AF and try to ruin it for everybody. Their "Internettiquette" could use some work, and social media sites GET IT. Thank the gods of Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for blessing us with block and mute capabilities.
Blocking is simple: you select the option when any rando or ex-friend is a hater or offensive or is made out of troll droppings and *POOF,* you never have to see them ever again. By simply clicking "block" you've effectively and immediately said:
Muting, however, is blocking's passive-aggressive cousin who only maintains friendships that may be advantageous at some point down the line. If blocking is a breakup, muting is never returning your lovers' texts, but showing up expecting a present on ya birthday. It's a tricky game because though they can't prove that you've muted them, it's pretty obvious if they @-you directly or post a selfie and you don't favorite or acknowledge either.
And so, I mostly use the blocking button. I'm not one to dilly dally and pretend that I'm happy with a-holes when I'm not. THEY DON'T DESERVE ME. So instead, I'll post pretty explicitly about how I feel and hit the block button so quick I crack my knuckles. Donna from Parks and Recreation is my spirit animal in this:
and then drop that block on 'em with a quickness.
Still, I was curious, so I asked NYC what their strategy is for blocking and muting. They are much nicer than I.