You’ve probably noticed it too: Facebook has once again become overly political. I haven’t noticed it this bad since the 2016 election cycle. The uproar this time is about immigration and families and children and … you know, all that other political stuff that shouldn’t be in my Facebook feed.
Yes, we are friends, and I wouldn’t mind talking with you about politics, you know, like sitting down and actually chatting back and forth like a dialogue, of two people, who use logic, and reason, and discuss, even if they don’t agree … I wouldn’t mind that, dear friend, but what exactly are you proving or doing or saying by putting that politically charged article link or meme on my Facebook feed?
Are you trying to persuade someone? You aren’t?
Are you looking for a hopelessly purposeless argument? You may get one.
If you really want to affect change or convince people to act, then do it in an appropriate forum.
HINT: Facebook is not an appropriate forum.
What is an appropriate forum? Well, hey, go argue with someone in the comments on HuffPost or Fox News. Go to a political rally. Go walk around with a sign in front of the White House. Preach all you want, yell all you want, show everyone how smart you are and how informed you are. Do it.
Just not on my Facebook feed.
Seriously, why are you preaching to your friends? If your friends agree with you then you aren’t changing anything only preaching to the choir. Amen!
If your friends don’t agree with you, you are just causing them angst that their feed is filling up with stuff they don’t want to see. And, no, you won’t change their point of view.
No, you won’t.
So really, my friend, your political posts on Facebook serve no purpose. None. Except possibly annoy people.
So from now on, please …
- show me what you had for dinner
- let me see the cake you baked for your daughter’s birthday
- tell me about your trip to Spain
- share with me your heartaches and what I can do to help
- tell me where you are, maybe we can meet up
- cats, go ahead, post stupid cat videos
I prefer a Facebook to be about friends, not politics.
Now, I do love talking politics. I’d be happy to meet and chat with you one day. But let’s do it face-to-face as adults. We may not agree with each other on everything, but that’s all right. We will still end the evening as friends.
But if politics continue to show up in my Facebook feed, I can’t make that guarantee.