The next seven-plus months are going to be rough.
No matter if you are political in nature or not, this is going to be a long summer. Take the current pandemic and mix it in with the Presidential and other national elections and it’s going to be hard to deal with.
You can be republican. You can be a democrat. You can be independent or some other party. It won’t matter. It’s going to be everywhere.
Especially on social media.
One thing this pandemic has taught me is it doesn’t matter what situation we are in – people’s opinions will not change. They can have a ton of facts on their side and others won’t budge. On the flip side, you can read things you think are factual and argue it until you are blue in the face.
It doesn’t matter.
Even in a situation we are currently in, there is no true thing as bipartisan. Each side will claim they want to be, but in the end nobody really is.
I am not registered to any party. I have been that way since I was 18. I tend to lean one way over the other, but I have voted for both major parties during my lifetime.
That’s as political as I’m going to get on this blog. I’ve always said politics and religion and things like that are topics I do not want to touch and I will keep it that way. There’s nothing good that comes out of it because let’s face it – I have my opinions and thoughts just as much as the next person.
With that in mind, I also have a hard time stomaching seeing it on social media.
My Facebook is pretty guarded. I keep my connections there lower and pretty much to people I know in person. I don’t do a lot outside of family or posting things I’ve actually done (photos/videos etc.) as I like it to be a happier place. My Twitter is a little more open, as is my Instagram. I’ve recently started to try and get my YouTube page a little better, but that will also be pretty light-hearted.
It’s only April, though, and I’ve already had my fill of politics on social media.
Purge 2020 is now a thing for me.
Allow me to say this … I respect that everybody has an opinion. I can disagree. I can wonder why one can believe something that may not be factual. I know people look at me and maybe they’ll think I am not thinking factually.
But I also don’t have to let all of this infiltrate a place I want to be fun and/or relaxing. And if I see a lot of this stuff, I tend to get worked up – much like many other people. I don’t mind a difference of opinions, but when people don’t speak factually, it drives me crazy.
One quick example – when New York went to the executive order of wearing face masks if you couldn’t maintain social distancing. I saw many, many posts talking about how this was against our rights. This “law” was crap. And why should we have to wear masks in our homes or in our car etc. People didn’t listen or read what was done. They assumed. The order was an executive order. The governor even said there wouldn’t be fines (unless it was ignored by like everybody, in which case civil fines were possible), but it was more an executive order to show respect to those around you.
By that example, people heard “wear face masks” and felt this was something that was being told you have to do no matter what. Look, I don’t like wearing them. But if I go into a store or the post office or something like that, I put one on. Why? Because it’s respectful to those around me who do think we should wear them. It’s not forever.
Think though, how an order like that with the idea of just protecting the population has turned political. Experts say the masks are a good thing, so why can’t we be bipartisan?
OK, back to the point at hand.
I find when I see too many political posts/tweets – from both sides – it becomes overload. I have my opinions and stance and won’t likely alter it. Therefore, from now until November 8, I’m not going to have to listen to one side or the other or the people in between. I don’t need to see hate posts about what this candidate said, or what this spokesperson said. I don’t need to see people posting clickbait stories based on false headlines, or yelling “fake news” because they disagree with CNN or Fox News.
The media is as much to blame as anybody – and I say that as somebody who used to work in newspapers. We are in a society where people have limited attention spans and need something fast and furious.
This seems like as good of a time as any to clean up my social media. As the season heats up, I’m going to use all those fun buttons. Unfollow. Unfriend and/or block (in extreme cases). Silence. All the stuff that makes it so I don’t need to see things.
I looked through my Facebook list the other night. There’s a lot of people who I haven’t been in contact with for a long time. I looked at my Twitter and saw a lot of things where I wondered why I followed that account. Same with Instagram.
And in the end, I wondered why I am letting a place where I want it to be enjoyable and relaxing to fire me up.
The Twitterverse, especially, is beautiful to block. Facebook, too. If I see things that fire me up (even if not friends, rather shares and retweets), I can just block and not see anything from that person.
My goal has been set.
Purge 2020 is underway to save my social media and make it fun again.
And yes, I’d rather those delicious posts about your meals. I actually do enjoy those posts!
Come November make sure you vote – no matter the side you choose. It’s your right to do so.
In the end, though, whoever may read this post, I hope you make it through the summer months healthy and with less stress than most of us are feeling now.