Leaving Social Media?

I sat in my usual reverie watching Question time last night.  Running an unhealthy temperature, due to my life threatening cold, I found myself becoming more than usually irritated by people.  Whilst I never mind a differing viewpoint, the social media world now seems filled with people intent on bombarding you with their opinions rather than  making an intelligent and nuanced argument.  I base this particularly on the world of Social Media, of which I have become increasingly tired.  It struck me that, the irritation, is not because of the differing viewpoints, it is the endless retweeting of others that agree with you, in some weird political popularity contest.  So, I decided that I would give up reading it.  To leave Facebook, Twitter etc might seem heavy handed, but then at least I will have a calm mind.  Then it hit me.  I don’t need to do that.  If someone is annoying….just delete them.  Politically, that will be easy on Twitter.  Just stop reading the tweets of those that annoy you by unfollowing.  I tried to get a balanced view, but it is not worth it.  Facebook however is a little different.  Lately, I have witnessed the passive aggressive ramblings of someone who clearly needs to get some help.  I say this not in a nasty way, but a sympathetic way, with a side salad of annoyance as it has been going on for so long.  I am also aware that this post is, in itself, veering towards the passive aggressive, as I will not name anyone involved.  That would be rude and unnecessary.  So I shall simply block, unfollow and stop reading.  I hope to report back in a much more positive frame of mind.

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