Recently, social media has been a very toxic thing for me. Every time I go to check Facebook or Twitter my feed seems to be full of hatred and negativity.
In America, we are experiencing a lot of unimaginable things. It’s hard to feel hopeful sometimes, but it’s nice to see something not so negative online for once. I’ve been feeling pretty bad all week. Classes have been stressing me out and I don’t necessarily want my free time to be on social media when it’s so full of sadness and anger instead of things I need right now like unity, togetherness, love.
I feel like this isn’t something that is that big of a deal. “So what, Hannah? Just take a break.”
Here’s the thing: So on Facebook the other day, one of my Facebook friends from high school posted something about how if you can just “ignore” what’s going on in the world or “block it out” by only posting “happy things,” you’re a part of the “problem.”
It upset me because she’s basically saying I don’t care. Believe me, I do. I just choose to keep my political opinions off social media. To me, posting my stance to my Facebook friends doesn’t provoke thought and understanding. It instead provokes anger and arguments. That is not helping anyone, instead, it’s feeding into Trump’s ideal of dividing our country.
Is it really THAT bad of me to not be politically active on social media? I just didn’t understand why she was so concerned about what everyone else is posting. What I choose to post or not to post doesn’t say who I am as a person. It doesn’t mean I’m ignoring problems. It doesn’t mean I’m not standing up for what I believe in.
If you want to have a respectable, in real life conversation with me, sure, I’d be happy to talk about my views, but just posting on social media when no one asks for it makes me feel uncomfortable. Things get twisted so easily. People read what they want to read.
If you post your opinions on Facebook/Twitter etc. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. What I’m trying to say is that it shouldn’t be your concern about how other people choose to express themselves.
Social media isn’t the only way to express yourself. Tweeting 140 characters won’t do a whole lot for the problems at hand.
There’s other ways to get involved and make active change instead of sitting on your computer and complaining.
Anyway, I have decided to take a break from social media for a bit. I don’t have a set date or anything, just until I feel ready to go back. I don’t need to feel down all the time.
As someone who checks social media in their spare time, this is going to be really hard for me. I’ll be really tempted to see what’s happening on Twitter. I do think a break is best for myself at this time. Even though it’s hard, I think it will be well worth it.
Blogging has been positive, so don’t worry, I’ll still be around you guys 🙂