Social Media is Depressing Me

I don’t know why I keep looking at Facebook. I don’t really enjoy it. It is probably half habit and half hope that maybe there will be something there besides the constant political arguments and sharing of memes. There rarely is. I know why I don’t deactivate my account – I still like to see the occasional pictures friends and family post and I need some place to share my blog posts and stupid things that pop in my head. I just need to break the habit of looking at it a lot. Here is a sampling of the types of things I see in my feed following the shooting in Florida:

Memes supporting gun control

People saying guns are inanimate objects and can’t be blamed

People saying the problem is that we don’t spank our kids

People saying the problem is there is no prayer in school

The meme where God says he didn’t stop it because he isn’t allowed in school(weird meme for Christians to share in my opinion)

No one is listening to each other. No one wants to actually hear an opposing opinion. Everyone picks a side and their side winning is all that matters.

In non tragedy days it is – Someone posts a negative post about Trump and it is followed by Hillary is a criminal! Obama was worse! Fake news!

I need to be done with this. I need to put the phone down. I could probably fix some of it by muting and unfollowing a lot of people, but maybe just deleting the app from my phone is the better solution for now. It is not good for my mental health.

I’m not saying it is wrong to express your opinion. I do plenty of that myself. I’m just saying that there are better and healthier ways to have the discussion and the first step might be to step away from social media for a while.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. I’m having the same problem. I want to just quit, but I’m drawn back because there are a lot of people I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with that easily, as they’re spread out across the country. Facebook provides an easy way to have daily contact with them. And I value those friendships, virtual though they may be. So I find myself trying to scroll quickly past all the political stuff, then falling into that trap, snagged by a catchy meme or insane statement. I do resist, for the most part, engaging with the truly insane fanatics. I find I’m spending less and less time on FB. And I don’t use it much on my phone, as I can’t stand the app. I’m more of a laptop or iPad user when it comes to FB because you can use it in your browser on both of those devices.

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