OCD really sounds like something that could apply to me, but I think for me it's more of a general feeling of dread about different topics, even relatively small and dumb things like for example reading about a comment in a Touhou-love-thread about how Touhou sucks, or a thread about the mangaka Kentarou Miura who passed away recently, which derailed into mocking the quality of his work, calling him lazy and he deserved death and so on.
Of course those are mostly shit-posts, and maybe a "normal" person can just ignore those and move on, but like I mentioned that stuff really gets me more than it should, same with online-games like Overwatch or even MMOs, getting insulted for being a bad player for example follows me for a long time.
I think there is also a competetive "I am right and you are wrong"-mentality on imageboards, where it mostly seems to be about who can insult each other in the most creative ways possible.
>stick to enjoying entertainment media and not really reading comments
That's what I will be doing too even more from now on, I finally continued the Spice and Wolf-novels and they calm me down, in the end I think that I just really like to read and small portions like userposts are quicker to skim through than taking the time to read through a book usually, but it's getting clearer to me that I need to have a healthier more confident mind before sinking deeper into other opinions that shouldn't even bother me. maybe the less offline relationships one has the more dangerous online posts can be that put them into perspective.
I also came across some of those gore-sites early, only the internet was not as easy accessible to me in my youth that I forgot about them again, later I stumbled upon imageboards because a colleague talked about them a few times and meant that they also influenced him quite a bit, and my first thoughts where "Well the people are really mean on there" to which he just laughed. That's honestly one of my main concerns, to become too much of an asshole myself.
Definitely, the question for me is if the nuggets are worth the filth I have to brush off them.
Those are thoughtful points, so you are saying that people can use the internet as an outlet for their worst parts, so ultimately we become better people in the real world, only isn't the internet becoming more and more blurred with real life considering the easy access via social media and younger people growing up with it nowadays? I mean on social media you have already political bubbles and whatnot, where people start fighting each other with more or less their real names already.
I can believe that we all have those shadows, only in different sizes, so in the imageboard-case while it makes sense for someone with a large shadow to embrace theirs, in my opinion the problem is that the smaller ones then have to put up with the larger ones, which shouldn't be theirs to deal with if that makes sense? On the other hand though, if you know where those shadows lurk then it's again your own responsibilty to decide if you are able to face them.