Facebook is not the place for politics. That is exactly how my political views on Facebook read. People that know me very well find this funny, as I am very opinionated when it comes to Politics and can always hold my own in political debates. But to me, Social Media is different. I tell myself to stay far away from discussing Politics on all Social Media Platforms. Since the heat of this coming election began circulating on Facebook and Twitter, I have personally had to take a small hiatus from these sites. I used to mindlessly scroll down my NewsFeeds, but with the endless influx since July of Memes, Articles and paragraph ramblings of people’s opinions, I have had to limit this for my own sanity. Truly what bothers me the most is not that people are posting their opinions, it is that they are posting them and thinking they are going to be revolutionary and change other’s opinions, or even just thinking they are right and everyone else is merely wrong.
I went to Politics camp at Georgetown University ever since 8th grade, so if I were to say I did not have my own strong personal political views I would by lying. I do, but I feel I do not need to ornately state them in a novel for all my friends, family and followers to see. This will not change their views and will not make them like me any better, if anything seeing it would maybe make them want to unfollow me, or even question being friends with me altogether, who knows. With this, I do know that not everyone out there has their clear opinions and are not fully associated with one candidate or one party. I feel instead of perusing Social Media Newsfeeds to get information on who to vote for, people should educate themselves about hearing live arguments from opposing sides in debates, investigating historical references, taking their own morals in account and then maybe they will be sound enough to choose a side.
Don’t get me wrong, Social media is a wonderful platform to learn on, but like anything, it is a product of the World Wide Web, and there is so much falsified information and so many opportunities for miscommunication. People may feel they are learning the truth on a candidate or accurate history on a political party, but it could be something that a friend of theirs just made up or exaggerated. I fully understand that there are people that use social media to share their voice, and do not get me wrong I respect that. But as far as the touchy subject of politics goes, social media I feel heightens incorrect notions and does not provide a healthy and positive environment for political discussion.
Again, I really do understand that there are people who genuinely use social media to assert their positions, and who genuinely feel they are doing everyone a service in educating them in hopes of them switching to their views. But in all truthfulness I ask these people to please stop. Instead of wanting to read more from them their followers will isolate them and truly become turned off. So I leave you all with this question, Politics and Social Media, do they mix for you?