I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Facebook tends to bring the crazy out of folks you thought were totally normal. They walked like normies and talked like normies, but now they’ve shed their civility for the sweet release of internet insanity.
When people with argumentative tendencies floating just below the surface are heated by an ever-warming political climate, you get acquaintances you forget you knew spurting insanity all over your Facebook wall because you posted an opinion they happen to know is SO FUCKING WRONG THAT THEY WILL ARGUE WITH YOU UNTIL DEATH TAKES THE KEYBOARD FROM THEIR DIABETIC, PALSIED HANDS.
These types of people can be a little intense and a lot determined.
As such, they can be tough to deal with in a rational manner. Since these people sometimes encounter you in so-called “real” life, you have the added stress of how future in-person interactions may work out. Or maybe they are family and will complain to your mom, and then she’s embarrassed and you have to explain what happened to her, because she’s just not that great at finding things on Facebook, but did you see that Minion with the Bible verse written under it, because that was so cute and did you ever make that appointment about that thing, you know, the one that makes you fart so much, I read that drinking ice water after eating a hot meal makes your intestines explode, so you may want to ask the doctor about that …
What I’m saying is: It can get messy. There are a few things you can do to make sure you aren’t the person being an asshole. Then there are things you can do if someone is assholing all over you.
1. Facebook Posts Are Not A Call For Assholes To Assemble
As Kristy so eloquently puts it:
There’s a difference between debate and condescension. If I express an opinion on FB, it’s not the same thing as writing a post about it. It’s not necessarily a well-considered discussion. It might just be my need to vent to friends. So no, you aren’t owed a response. It’s not violating your free speech to delete your bullshit party. You are [not] owed space on my wall. Every FB status is not an open call for everyone else to weigh in. Like in actual conversations, people need to read the room. And if they don’t, I delete, I mute, I unfriend. Life’s too short to put up with “friends” that don’t know how to converse.
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Delete the bullshit people put on your wall to harass you. If they don’t get the message, mute them or block them. Life is stressful enough without people endlessly antagonizing you on a website where you get to post fun things like this:
(Yes, I was going to a Jimmy Buffett concert and yes, it was rad.)