There’s not a day goes by now that I don’t consider disengaging from social media and either deactivating or completely deleting my account. I’ve tried keeping it on and taking breaks but it’s too easy to return and look at when I wake up in the morning and grab my phone or when I’m waiting somewhere or any freakin time.
Social media is perniciously addicting and I’m really struggling with all the toxicity on here right now, all the mean snark and nastiness, all the uncharitable weaponized political posts and comments carpet bombing everyone.
And I’m not seeking any sympathy here or asking for anyone to say they’d miss me if I left, no, I’m not looking for any of that. I’m merely expressing what I’ve been feeling for so long.
Sometimes it makes my stomach turn to see people I love be so rude and disrespectful and hateful on here. That stuff has caused me to think differently about them, and I’m certain my old fashioned, traditional American values have undoubtedly caused the same in them, they think differently about me now because I don’t condemn who they condemn.
I support law enforcement, and I don’t call for riots and revolution. So be it. They have their reasons and I have mine but right now I don’t support what I’ve been seeing from some people I thought were friends. I can’t stomach their tone. They’re losing their humanity and compassion and they’ve stopped caring about who they’re hurting. They seem to think their war on America is justified and that we all deserve what’s been going on online and in our streets and whatever is coming. I do not stand among them and I will not read or participate in their war on everything and everyone. It’s toxic poison. And this is exactly why there’s not a day goes by that I don’t consider deactivating or deleting.
|Geraldine Green is a Tolerance Advocate|