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Facebook and Politics

Making it through the election without losing friends.

Well I tried so hard to keep my Facebook friends list intact through November but I had to unfriend somebody today. Last week I put in my staus update a disclaimer:

"It's true I'm opinionated but I respect other people's opinions. It's because I assume that people have come to their opinions by life experiences and deep contemplation and I have to respect their journey to their truth. So I invite differing opinions on my FB page, but I view it as my living room and will not tolerate my guests being insulted in my home. I get excited about politics like others get excited about football, but I'm not one of those people that's going to stab an opposing fan in the parking lot. Why am I saying this? Because this election is only going to get uglier, we haven't even had the conventions yet. Let's make it to November in one piece people.".

This person did not follow "my rules" and was rude to another friend of mine, telling him to "man up"  when he was trying to be diplomatic instead of incendiary. 

So even though I like her, I was disappointed in her behavior, and had to escort her out of my cyber living room. 

As we draw closer to the election have you found yourself tip-toeing around certain people in your life? Hiding posts on Facebook? Unfriending friends and even family members because your views just aren't compatible? Do you find yourself sick of both parties and just can't wait for the election to all be over? Let us know. 

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Phyllis August 30, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I truly think that if you want to talk about politics on Facebook, you need to go to that candidates or political parties page. Posting political opinion on your own page is setting yourself up for failure. In the past, parents taught us that there are certain things you don't talk about in public as it is a level of decorum. Politics is one of those topics you don't just spew. I have unfriended people who post alot of political items. Occasional ones don't bother me, it is the hardcore people that have to go.
Renae Wilber September 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Well said Charlotte! I have, unfortunately, also had to "unfriend" a few FB friends and family members because of the political insults. I like the living room metaphor!
Louise September 01, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Well said Char. I too have had to unfriend a family member but no friends.
Constance Dobbins-Lowery September 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Great topic...Here are my thoughts: It's your FB page and you can say what you want without breaking the FB usage rules. People are so sensitive in my opinion. It's a "social" media site. I personally love a respectful debate on any issue. However I have learned if I don't want anyone to comment on what I am saying, I place privacy controls on the post. People need to get over FB....too many rules created by users....just my thoughts
Charlotte September 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Phyllis, I disagree about setting myself up for failure, I believe I'm setting up others for failure if they fail to be civil. But that is their responsibility not mine. And if we don't talk about religion and politics how can we learn from each other? I agree with Constance that FB is a social page and a great venue to discuss topics if people are respectful.

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