Facebook Post: 2020-08-18T14:11:49

Definitely cleaning up my time line these days. 🙁

I used to worry about an echo chamber, about creating an online system where I only see and hear what I want, but I don’t anymore. I don’t come to Facebook for the news, or to become educated about the world or various subjects, I come to it to catch up with friends and family and hopefully have a good conversation, or two. To enjoy myself and hopefully see that other people in the world are living life as best as they can wherever they are.

But logging on to see hateful or ignorant rhetoric isn’t enjoyable to me. I have a lot of friends that think differently than I do, that’s one of the many things that makes them interesting. They have different politics, religion, experiences and more. I love that. But I need to draw a line, for personal sanity, if nothing else. If posts are consistently spreading misinformation, lies or rhetoric that is false, misleading or specifically designed to divide people, I’m going to unfriend the person who shared them. I don’t invite lies and hate into my life at a personal level, I try very hard not to perpetuate any of those things, and I see no reason to subject myself to it every day. It’s not a two sides issue, or a different view point thing, it’s a mental health and values thing.

So if I disappear from your timeline or friends list, please understand that you’re welcome to call me or message me, and I wish you nothing but the best, but social media sometimes shows sides of ourselves and each other that are best not seen.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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