Had you ever stopped to consider – we’re part of the problem?

Countless times I’ve proclaimed that I’m considering removing myself from Facebook. I have a blog account – keep. I’m opening a charitable account soon – keep. But the personal social account is fraught with conflicting emotions.

What value does it bring to my life?

I live for the dog posts. I look forward to the family and friend posts. Yet I recall how many years I lived without Facebook – and other social channels. Those were great times and memories of a time when I was completely engrossed in life – not recording it, documenting it, or scrolling it while I was physically present with others.

I was the Facebook anti-Christ until around 2014 when I was tasked with managing a company social media team and building our social footprint – it was then, I saw the value.

We can promote so many positive things on social channels. We can connect and unite. We can lift the spirits of others – or bury them alive.

I’m slowing down my visits incrementally, more and more each day. I’ve recognized the pitfalls – how much time you can lose scrolling, how much time that would have been invested in more productive activities.

It’s a fun distraction from time to time, don’t get me wrong. And it’s an addiction for others, fact.

With the heightened political and societal frustrations, I’ve calculated the number or posts that are fueled by current events.

One in particular stole my attention, a New Yorker comic that highlighted a couple settling into bed for a night of sleep, wife reading and looking toward the window to her left, Trump peering through the glass. Caption was: ‘Just GO away.’

I have news for you – YOU, me, anyone who perpetuates the never ending social cat fights. That’s who keeps it alive. Each person who lives for Trump (or Biden) bashing are, in reality, the problem.

Politics aside – this goes for so many things on Facebook, as well as other social channels. If you were not enjoying and sharing such parody, anything may just go away. So many things would go away if you stopped bringing attention to them – thus, keeping it alive.

Just a thought for all of you who say you want things to ‘GO away’. Those things usually do, when you don’t feed or fuel them.

Fact is, personal opinion, I feel many people want to keep it alive. They enjoy the banter, like the drama and truth is, life may possibly be boring without it.

If you want things to go away, stop reacting. Stop reading, stop responding and stop sharing the exact propaganda that you’re supposedly against.

Just food for thought …

Author: E.M. Murphy

A voracious writer, lifetime learner and eternal seeker who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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