We all see the posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Instagram…people pro one candidate and completely against another and while I have absolutely no issues with people that post about the election, I’ve chosen to not discuss any of it on my social channels.
A lot of friends have noticed and ask me the same question…why?
Why do I choose to not talk about the election online?
Why should I have to let anyone know who I plan to vote for or where my mind is at? I see too many people saying very publicly how they plan to unfriend people that support this candidate or the other. I watch people get completely and totally hurtful and hateful towards people they’ve been friends with for years over one’s choice (and right) to vote for whomever they choose. People immediately want to start arguments, and while I do love a good social media debate from time to time, I don’t feel like my time or energy should be spent arguing over a couple individuals who are hoping to run this country for 4 years. Maybe it’s because I never heard my parents argue let alone discuss who they were voting for when election season came around as a child, or maybe the real reason is that I don’t feel anyone needs to know who I’m voting for and why.
Social Media & Politics
While I love Social media, I’ve realized that it’s become the catalyst for fake stories about candidates, real arguments, and even bullying over who someone is voting for and it makes me wonder why so many people think everyone else should think exactly as they do and vote the way they believe the elections should turn out. The hatefulness in this country has increased over the years and I do feel a lot of it is due to social media. We are over sharers at times so people that wouldn’t normally see some parts of our life now get to see everything we put out there, including political beliefs, and while I respect everyone’s opinions, I don’t believe I, or anyone else should be judged on who we choose to vote for or what policies are important to us.
How do you feel about all of the political posts on social media? Do you contribute to them? Are you done with them? Do you really not care one way or another about who any of your friends choose to vote for? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know your thoughts and please, please, please…get out there and vote on November 8th!