I’m not one to share my political views and opinions via social media, specifically Facebook. Personally, I don’t see the point, because my views are my own and don’t require approval or criticism from others, and further, I’m not one to enjoy arguments with others through social media. It’s easy to spew facts and insults when you’re sitting behind a screen, hence why I would rather converse with someone about politics in person.
Despite my own feelings towards politics and social media, almost every day I stumble across a post, usually shared by someone I am ‘friends’ with or follow, and each time I see these posts, the comment section is always filled with aggression and insults. I’m not going to lie, I tend to read the comments for pure entertainment, but some people become so invested in arguments via social media it’s sickening to look at.
It’s one thing to share something political through social media in hopes of generating a mature and respectful conversation about it, but it’s another to share political posts with the pure intention of arguing and disrespecting other people’s opinions. Unfortunately, the latter reason I just mentioned seems to be most popular amongst a majority of social media users, and I doubt these occurrences will recede in the near future. Social media is becoming more and more popular, and more and more users seem to think bullying and harassment are acceptable simply because they don’t happen to like our Prime Minister.
I realize my opinion won’t change how people tend to converse with others via social media. I suppose this is more of a rant than anything else, but doesn’t it make more sense to engage in a mature conversation with someone about politics in person rather than throwing irrelevant insults at each other in the comment section beneath a photo on Facebook?
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