Here in Iowa things are really heating up in regards to politics. If you are not careful, you will lose several friends on Facebook. We have the opportunity to meet most of the candidates at one time or another at a local coffee shop. It’s something that we Iowans often take for granted. It doesn’t matter what side of the political fence you are on, it’s important to get to know the candidates and most importantly get out and vote in November.
Today Facebook lit up like a lightning rod. The candidates were in the state and several major news networks work in our community. The one thing I noticed immediately was how nasty people were on Facebook. I’m not sure if it was due to envy or a lack of judgement. Here’s how you can remain friends on Facebook during the political season.
It’s true, niceness goes along ways. Maybe you do not like a candidate that a fellow Facebook friend goes to meet or you think the coffee is bad at the local coffee shop. Be nice and remain neutral. The easiest way to be nice to your Facebook friend is to simply “like” the post or ignore it. There’s a lot of truth in the old statement, “If you can’t say it to your Grandma, don’t say it at all.”
If you are truly overwhelmed with the constant political postings yet want to remain Facebook friends with your friend. Simply click on the Unfollow button. This is right next to the button that says Friends. You will no longer see their posts in your feed and you will remain Facebook friends. Your friend will not know that you unfollowed them. This is an easy way to avoid the continual political rants and raves. My personal opinion, if you are so far apart politically and it’s eating away at you, it’s time to break up on Facebook.
Take a Facebook Break
Your mental health matters and if you need to step away from Facebook due to the constant political postings, by all means do. I would not suggest deleting your page, let it sit. Chances are at some point you will want to hop back on and reconnect with your friends.
In all honesty, I wish this was not an issue. I truly believe that if we were all nice in our Facebook status updates we would all be happier. There is nothing wrong with unfriending and taking your life back.
Facebook friends are important in our lives today, so be respectful. Facebook brings us together in more ways that pulls us apart. So…. my friends, embrace Facebook and enjoy the ride of the political season.