Hands up – who here has a Facebook account? Or you know of someone who has FB? Or you’ve at least heard of FB? Ok, good, you’re still with me… Now when you see posts with titles along the lines of “the types of people you should unfriend immediately”, if you’re like me then you’ve probably clicked on those links because you thought you’d be given useful information. Vital information. Information that would render sleep impossible if you didn’t click on the link to be informed of what you should do. The world’s a scary place you know with lots of weirdos so anything I should know about who I should unfriend, I need to know about!
I fell for that trick today, I wouldn’t so much call it ‘click bait’ because the article was genuine, only that the information was useless to me. It mentioned all the people that are currently my FB friends – the braggers, the depressives, the politicos, and others – you get the picture, apparently they’re the ones you need to unfriend immediately if you value your sanity. Just your typical human with all their flaws and idiosyncrasies. We all have friends who love to brag about their life, their possessions, their travel, and of course they can be annoying but not worthy of being unfriended. And the depressives, well life is pretty tough for them but I wouldn’t turn my back on them. And the politicos, if you’re on opposing sides then they’re either good for a laugh or they can show you how the other mindset ticks. If you’re on the same political side of the fence, it may help re-assure you that your beliefs have merit.
The best thing about social media platforms like FB is that if you’ve had enough of hearing about someone’s fancy car or holiday, or how someone may be struggling with their self worth, or perhaps you’ve had a gutful of seeing nothing but political links from your friends’ posts, the simple solution is to log off. I understand you can only complete so many eye rolls a day, so instead, log off and go do something else. You don’t want to unfriend your friends based on some lists that want you to reject everyone who isn’t like you (and by that I mean perfect, of course…*ahem*…). In fact, be thankful you have the ability to log off for if they were sitting in a cafe somewhere and they were boring you with all their braggery or depressiveness or fist-shaking bluster, you can’t exactly get up and leave. Yes, be thankful they’re on the other side of your screen and you can walk away without causing offence.
If we all developed the attitude of rejecting everyone who annoyed us, we wouldn’t have any FB friends or real life friends for that matter. And there’d be no need for a social platform like FB… It takes all sorts for this world of ours to go round so maybe a little tolerance wouldn’t go astray.