Hey Rochester, Unfriend a Bunch of People During Election?
As I scrolled thru my feed today I saw two disappointing things. One, the unfriending continues...and the fingers in the ears syndrome is beginning!
Ever since Donald Trump won the election to become president, I've watched so many emotions running across the Facebooks. Not so much Twitter, and not at all on Instagram (at least not the folks we follow on @y105fm...follow us today!). It's seems like half the country is furious and frightened, while other half wants folks to knock it off and get with the program.
I'm not an unfriender. I am an unfollower, but that's temporary, and only happens when I see outrageously unpleasant stuff. Vile stuff. If someone subscribes to conspiracy theories, that's not enough for me to unfollow. They have to shout and scream and be truly mean/cruel about it. Or be super rude to me.
Unfriending, tho? I've only done it a few times, and it followed conversation. Why? Because if we can't disagree and still talk to each other, I think we stand no chance of uniting to solve the problems we face. We'll be locked into "winners and losers" and I see that leaving too many people behind.
The Fingers in Ears Syndrome
I've been seeing more of this, and I think it's just...well, childish. It happens when someone who's been posting super one sided political stuff for two years says, "I'm going to unfriend or unfollow anyone that still talks politics. At all. I only want to see cute babies and puppies!"
If you're don't much post about politics? No foul. But if you do, you seem to be saying, I wanted all of you to listen to me, but now, I don't want to hear your point of view."
I think we should have a REFOLLOW party. One day we all get together with our phones, laptops, whatever, Have some drinks, a few 1/2 price apps, and we REFOLLOW people. And then...we put the screens away, and we talk to each other 'til late in the night, and remember why we were friends in the first place.