Am I the only one who is tired of all the polarizing issues that seem to be consuming every other inch of my Facebook news feed?! People are digitally screaming at the top of their lungs to defend their political party, attack a particular business that has a stance they don’t agree with, scream against gun ownership of any kind . . . and the list goes on! This doesn’t include the posts that are personal rants against specific, localized situations, gender bashing from both sides, etc.
My heart hurts.
Polarizing issues and their accompanying opinions have been around forever. Social networking just gives us the chance to throw our opinions in the faces of hundreds of people with just a few keystrokes! Right now, someone wants to remind me that the right to free speech is guaranteed. You would be right. But whatever happened to civility?! I’m not against a healthy, calm discussion over differing viewpoints and opinions but the ranting and cuss filled raving can stop any time now.
A number of my Facebook friends take the month of November to post one thing each day that they are thankful for but I can’t wait that long to see my Facebook feed looking a little more “positive”. Especially considering this is an election year so the political posts will continue into the month of November! I wonder what would happen if everyone I know on the social networks I frequent were to try, starting right now, to keep their status updates positive for just one month? A week? Could we even do it for a day?
It’s so easy to get sucked in to the rhetoric, the bashing, the name-calling . . . so I’m challenging myself to do something different.
For one week, I am going to focus on the following:
1. Making sure to post status updates that are positive or that find the good in even a negative situation.
2. Choose at least five Facebook friends each day that will get an encouraging note from me on their wall just because I can!
3. Try and find at least three “feel-good” stories to share (as opposed to the “this’ll show ’em” type stories I see with such frequency!) or articles that are educational/informational.
This is my way of trying to keep a positive attitude in an online environment that seems to be so full of anger and venom right now. Care to join me?