Okay, so it might seem that I’m on a social-media kick — but there is a method to my madness.
I am on Facebook a lot. Not during work hours — one because government computers don’t allow it, but more importantly because I have better things to do then talk about what the fashionchallenged wear to work. And believe me — I could talk a lot about that.
But that’s not the point.
Like many people, I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family who are far away. Being a military spouse, that’s the majority of the people who are my friends. Not to say that I don’t have a number of people who are near and dear who live in Fayetteville.
But that being said, I use Facebook as a means of being social. I don’t use it as a means of proselytizing, or making political statements. I make my political statements at the polls where they count — not where they just annoy people.
If I want to make a political statement, then I will write a letter to the editor. And, you can bet before I do that, I will have researched what I am talking about thoroughly and my thoughts won’t be from some political machine, but rather from my convictions.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with the majority of people. Before you post something, make sure it is true. And most importantly, know your audience.
I, for one, am not a big fan of all the posts by folks who think they shouldn’t have to pay their student loans back. I’m the girl who worked from 4 in the morning until 11 at night every day of my summer break to pay for school. I’m also the girl who couldn’t have cable and drove a rickety car for years to pay back my student loans. I don’t want to hear why you shouldn’t have to pay yours back because I’m still too tired from paying mine back.
I also don’t want to read the statements that begin with “Know the truth” only to get to the end and fi nd out the truth you are pushing is paid for by some special interest group whose truth is obviously not a truth but rather their interpretation of the truth.
If I want that kind of truth shoved in my face, I will stand in line at the grocery store and read it on the pages of the tabloids.
As the political season heats up, I may borrow a page from my husband’s play book. He doesn’t like to receive game requests and political statements. If one of his friends begins to inundate him with those kinds of things, he simply blocks their posts from appearing on his page and they are none the wiser. Smart man.