Social media is an interesting space. In 2012, very few people were sharing who they voted for through social media. Fast forward to 2016 and it seems that everyone expects everyone else to share who they voted for and why. This process is tearing friends apart, breaking up families and it’s even causing division in business relationships. Can I say this, “Stop it! Just stop it!”
We are better than this. To the best of my knowledge it’s ok to vote and be done. All because of social media, there are people that believe everyone has to share who they voted for. Not so. There’s a reason we have “secret” ballots in our country and you know what? There are some that like to keep parts of their lives private. I can respect people for that and will continue to. A young adult said this to me the other day, “Why should I go vote? All of my Facebook friends expect me to share who I voted for.”
If I don’t see you posting who you voted for on social media, I will continue to be your friend. If you choose to post who you voted for on social media, I will continue to be your friend. Would someone enlighten me as to why this concept is so hard to comprehend?
I love social media, but it truly saddens me that an election has brought such divide in our country through expectations that are only hurting people. If you feel you are in too deep when it comes to pressure from your social media friends, by all means, take a break from social media. It’s OK to take a break from social media, as your mental health comes first.
I challenge you to do something good in your local communities. Go out and make a difference. When you can be part of exciting change in your local community you will feel good. Talk to your friends in real life, go for a walk in the park with your friends or mail an actual card to a friend. There are options when it comes to moving on after an election.
From my observations on social media, on the day after an election; it appears that many of you will benefit from a little break from social media. Let’s be kind to one another and make a dent in our local communities. We can be the positive change that our communities desire.