Disclaimer: Let me just start off by saying this may not apply for some, if not most, stream teams, but from what I’ve seen online, my own experience and that of others I’ve spoken to, this does seem to be a trend.
What is a “stream team”
Okay, so a stream teams are essentially a group of streamers who get together to help support one another; they raid one another, hang out in each other’s streams, so on and so forth.
This article can also apply to various different groups and communities, it isn’t exclusive to streaming, nor an internet only problem.
Seems simple and wholesome enough, right? Well, it depends if you abide by their rules.
What are the “rules”
Now that is completely down to the head honcho of the group. It could be “be nice to one another”, it could be “participate and raid one another”… it could even be “all must worship me” *cough* (I’ve seen that happen).
Heck, sometimes there aren’t any rules other than being local, hanging out in the streams, or just being a decent member of the community.
However, I’m not talking about the wholesomeness of unity here. I am talking very much pack mentality from what you experience in high school.
Think “Mean Girls”, but it’s not the stereotypical popular kids… it’s actually the “outcasts” that were probably bullied themselves which are now the bullies.
You’d think they’d know better.
What’s the takeaway here?
Good question me.
I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the dregs of humanity; you will always find the arrogant, the narcissist, the self-absorbed, online and off. What is important is that you know who you are.
You are worth more than what they say. You are worth more than the deeming value the proclaim. And better still, they don’t own you and you owe them nothing.
I know the world is a crazy place right now, but in calmer times, the focus often came upon “internet celebrities”, streamers and YouTubers who did something outlandish.
Most of the time, it doesn’t phase me, but there are some who just manage to hit the wrong nerve.
And there seems to be more and more cases.
Luckily, there are also those sweet, sweet angels who highlight how stupid that person is, and we can all have a laugh.
So, dear reader, here are a few simple steps:
- Go make friends, but be careful. Not everyone is like you, and there are those who will prey upon you.
- If someone starts to bully you, don’t answer back. Block them (and report them if warranted).
- Brush off the crap and focus on yourself; you are worth more than what they care to admit. Take care of yourself.
- Go hang out with your actual friends or the nice people on the internet (they do exist).