Thursday, September 17, 2015

Being Obsessed With Politics on Facebook

This lion took over people's lives for a solid two weeks.
Facebook has turned into a way for people to express and obsess their political obsessions.  Sadly, this is time wasted.  After all, who here has ever been swayed by someone posting snarky and off color political posts?  I know that I have not.

If you are intelligent enough to not be on Facebook, you have saved yourself a lot of headache having to read through posts having to deal with Kim Davis and Cecil the Lion over the past few weeks.  Instead, maybe you spent time with family, made or did something, took a vacation, read a book, studied a subject, or started a new career or business.

If you are on Facebook, congratulations on spending day in and day out reading and posting about Kim Davis and Cecil the Lion.  Maybe you argued some about gay rights.  Maybe you took some time out of your day and posted a picture of Donald Trumps hair.  I am sure that these are great uses of your time.  Better to do that than make your real life better, right?!  I am sure that when you look back on your life, you will be proud of those moments you spent arguing on the internet about things that you long since forgotten about.  After all, who is going to be talking about Kim Davis and Cecil the Lion in 10 years?!  Do you feel proud of yourself for boasting your opposition to Kony 2012 three years ago???  I bet you forgot all about that, huh?

Facebook obsession: August - September 
Yet, there are some people out there who are VEHEMENT in their want to spend their lives arguing about politics and they think that spending time on Facebook doing that is changing the world.  These poor misguided souls!  They actually expect to wake up one morning, look at the world, and see a paradise out there, just as it exists in their heads and on their Facebook walls!  Sadly, many of these people will not listen to reason.  Perhaps one day they will climb out of bed and realize what a huge and utter waste it all was.  I sincerely hope they do, because nobody should waste their time and energy in such a way.  Facebook is turning into such a place of hate, yet those who are arguing have the audacity to say #lovewins as they fight each other tooth and nail.

If you think you can use Facebook for a way to stay in touch, ask yourself if the cost is worth it.  Even I admit having returned once again to be SLAPPED in the face.  Once again I came back to my senses, realizing that the time spent on this site is largely a waste.  It is not something I like to admit, but I feel that honesty is required in all things - especially when it comes to getting over something that is addictive.  And yes, Facebook is addictive.  It is especially so when you leave your home country and you wonder what your family and friends are doing across the pond.  However, it's a fantasy as well.  It's a land of anger.  It's a land of fighting and arguing.  It's political nonsense run amok.  It's ridiculous, and it shows just how enlightened our society is.  If this is the ideal, then I want out.

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7 comments:

  1. Reading between the lines, it sounds like you may have returned to Facebook?

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    1. Yes, I did for a while. I always find out what a mistake that is. I will post more about that in the future. As for now, I am taking a bit of a break from the internet as a whole for a while. I have come to find that there is so much negativity on the internet - that it's very draining. I feel weighed down when I read much of what is said online.

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  2. I agree with everything you said, and your comment above. The negativity unfortunately isn't exclusive to Facebook or social media. Even legitimate news sites are full of it.

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  3. So true..."they think that spending time on Facebook doing that is changing the world"..I've been guilty about that when I've reposted about issues...it's really accomplishing nothing. I'm not out in the real world actively working at changing things. Just "click and share". I'm a fraud for sure. I'm going to stop this.

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  4. Thank you for your honesty about returning to Facebook, Jryad. I have read your blog for several years and just when I think I've conquered my Facebook addiction, I find myself succumbing to its pull again. It helps to know I'm not the only one.

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  5. I partly agree with this. What I have seen on Facebook is that the majority of political posts that are made on there are just the latest hot topic for everyone to discuss. Everyone wants to offer their two cents on the topic because they think their opinion actually matters. Then there is information that is rarely being discussed in the mainstream, but it's crucial stuff that needs to be spread because it is affecting humanity. I think if Facebook was used by everyone to spread knowledge and information (rather than personal opinions on hot topics), it could really help us advance as a whole. I think a lot of people have an aversion to facts and knowledge, though, because they want to maintain their illusions of how they see the world. Because of a couple of posts I saw a few years ago about Monsanto and GMOs, I started doing research into what is going on with our food supply. It helped increase my awareness, so I don't think it's entirely useless to speak up about matters that you find important, even on a website like Facebook. It's true that you probably won't change the world by doing it, but you might help someone by sharing knowledge.

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