I've noticed that bickering as a style of communication accounts for a lot of social interaction. I think for some people it is a normal mode, and for some even what they do with friends and family implying closeness. I have a difficult time with it, and don't bicker by nature. I'm just wondering how others on this site relate to it. It ends up happening in online discussions (moreso on other sites). I think the little digs are to make people feel badly, but they are also distractions. I think the point of it having an emotionally dismissing/disrespecting tone is for the purpose of distracting the person away from whatever else is being discussed. It also seems like an attempt to keep everyone in line with each person's expectations about how others are supposed to think, feel, and act. It can make communication really confusing because there are so many different issues brought up all at once and most of it doesn't particularly matter in the bigger picture of things. I don't know how antagonistic it actually is, or if it is just a style. What are your thoughts on bickering?