This past week I noticed that I was getting increasingly aggravated by Crackbook, and then noticed I was a Crackbook junkie and needed a detox. No, I won’t be leaving Crackbook or deleting my account or anything. I realized I was being affected by stuff people post that I may, or may not agree on. And by the interwebz in general in this election year. I realized it wasn’t all the people who I’m friends with who I don’t agree on, it’s anyone be they bleeding-heart-tree-huggin’-commie or gun-toting-redneck-‘Merican-pro-lifer.
It was the negativity.
I have a fairly equal amount of lefties and righties whom I call Crackbook and RL friends. And I love them all no matter what. But there are some people on both ‘sides’ (why do we have to have sides again, I forget? Aren’t we all humans together on this big blue polar-ice-cap-meltin-if-you-believe-that-sorta-thing?) who are angry about the people on the other wing, or just angry and negative in general. <Insert meme with Native American pointing out they’re both parts of the same bird>
I decided to start unfollowing people who are more often than not, posting negative, divisive stuff. not because I disagree with them but because well, they are bringing me down. Not unfriending them, just un-following them. Hopefully not permanently, hopefully only until the election and everything but the shouting is over. And there are some very dear RL friends and family I will not unfollow, unless they get super, duper negative. I think this is better than just throwing in the towel on the Crackbook altogether. Plus, that won’t work I’ve tried that. I’m also going try to not post anything negative, divisive, potentially offensive to someone’s faith or origin. There’s plenty of people doing that.
I don’t feel like it’s putting on rose-colored glasses and avoiding the harsh realities of this crazy life, I think it will in fact be good for me. Like not watching the news (which I stopped going a long time ago). In fact, I think it’s better for me and for the world if I become someone who contributes positivity (and at the least, some comedy I hope) to the world we all live in. Together.
Are you supposed to be impressed by this or think it’s huge and ground-breaking? Oh heck no! It’s a very small thing really, as is Crackbook and it shouldn’t occupy our lives very much at all anyway. But as a Crackbook junkie it is a good step in the right (not wing) direction. Hopefully it will help me spend less virtual time, lower my blood pressure and most importantly, occupy (not Wall Street) the real world. So bring on the unicorns and rainbows ’cause it’s about to start rainin’ gumdrops! (what does that even mean? What the heck am I even on about?)