Social media causes almost as much division as it does connectedness. Maybe it causes more the more you’re on it. Because I have a lot of “friends” on facebook who I really get along with in person, or I did at the time in my life when I knew them, but whenever they post their views online, they do it in a manner to tear one another down. Today I saw a post by a “friend” that pointed out a bunch of “failures” that he is blaming solely on the democratic party, and basically said that you’re stupid if you’re a democrat because of this. With that logic we could say the same about republicans, since our republican president seems to have just as many failures and scandals as the democratic party, uses twitter as his main source of communication, and had a “whose button is bigger” contest with the leader of North Korea. So maybe you’re stupid if you’re a republican?
Or maybe not. I’m neither a republican nor a democrat, my opinions live somewhere in between. Both parties have serious downfalls, and both have good parts as well. But calling someone out because of their political affiliation is about as annoying as not liking someone because they’re gay, or making comments about women belonging on the kitchen.
I’m just wondering why people feel the need to post about their opinions in a corrosive manner. You can have whatever opinions you want. You can even share these opinions, because that seems to be what social media has become about. But putting down someone else whilst sharing this opinion just because you can? What’s the point? Oh right, it’s to be mean. I think people are just too mean. And I think I’m noticing it too much.
What really gets me is that that majority of these people, at least on my feed, are outspoken Christians. And I thought Christ told his people to go out and make disciples. I thought we were supposed to multiply, not divide.
It’s probably because we all like to believe that we’re right. And some of us have to prove that we’re right. Even though not everyone cares. And the thing that we think we’re “right” about the most is an opinion, and usually, opinions aren’t inherently right or wrong. They’re not facts. They have sides.
And I’m probably perpetuating the crises by writing this anyway.