As the saying goes, opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and they are usually full of shit.
I have opinions about everything. Sometimes they are knee jerk opinions based on limited information and sometimes they are well thought out opinions based on research and deep contemplation. And we all know in today’s day and age it is all too easy to share your opinions, for better or for worse.
Yesterday I shared an opinion on Facebook about a police involved shooting. I won’t get into it here because I really don’t want this blog to get political and controversial and I’m already treading pretty close to that line. I don’t think I need to say that opinion about police involved shooting is pretty divisive and usually gets the most reaction from the Facebook crowd.
That post I made saw the most action of any Facebook post I have ever created. Dozens of reactions, comments, and shares.
Some people agreed with me and some people didn’t.
I tell you that to tell you this.
When people debate online we do it with blinders on. We have a tunnel vision of what we want to share about a topic and we never sway from that. Some of us ignore statistics while others quote statistics as gospel without ever researching the studies that created those statistics. Some of us will tell people to keep their opinions about a certain topic to themselves while freely sharing their own opinion about a different topic. Some of us will discount a persons feelings or personal experience about something because it doesn’t fit the narrative we are trying to portray.
No online debate has ever been a constructive one. And when close friends and family are involved no one ever wins.
No one will ever change their minds based on a Facebook post.
So why do we do it? Why do we feel the need to preach from the keyboards?
Maybe that is part of the addiction of social media. Maybe it isn’t about just sharing selfies and pictures of our dinners and funny memes we’ve seen a thousand times. Maybe we feel powerful when we can post long rants about how we feel about something. Or maybe we just feel like people are listening to what we are saying so it makes sense to say what we are thinking, no matter how unfiltered.
I’ve already said that Facebook has become a bad thing for me. It is useful for getting news about movies and shows and trailers and upcoming things that I would want to stay informed about, but I can also do that on Reddit. Facebook has become an endless stream of junk scrolling down the screen. Posts and videos about nothing at all with the occasional highlight of my favorite comic book or movie.
I will probably not abandon Facebook anytime soon, but I could definitely benefit from cutting way back from it. Deleting the app from my phone and iPad have been a start.
Now I just need to stop flashing my asshole around there so much, because that is accomplishing nothing at all.