Oy vey! Have you had enough of the Presidential election season yet? Between the primary season and now the conventions, social media has made it pretty much impossible to block out the race during the day. It reached an all time high (or low) last week as normally nice people were saying some not-so-nice things about both of the candidates.
So, I unfriended quite a few people last week, and it felt great! The volume of the claims and rants got to be too much for me. I don’t need all the negative energy. I don’t think anything any of my “friends” has to say is going to sway anybody’s decision on which candidate to vote for, and I’m not really interested in the arguments pro and con on the issues by those folks. I have my beliefs and have already chosen my man.
This would be a really good place to say that my Mom and Dad raised me not to talk about sex, how much money we make, or politics in polite company. And while I understand that social media is a great platform for sharing information, opinions, and ideas, to me it’s also a place where you can say the wrong thing way too easily. It’s pretty easy to just jump on the “Like” button and start mixing up your business with your personal. And for me, politics doesn’t belong near my business. So, I choose to not read and participate in those posts, and do a little unfriending when someone has too many angry outbursts on Facebook.
Whatever happened to being polite? Would these same people post something unflattering on Facebook about someone they know personally? We are used to positive comments and tags from friends and happy clients, but this whole bashing and negative talk really has me baffled. Just because they are public figures, I don’t think common courtesy should go out the window.
Is it just me?