When we finished the yearbook Thursday night, I posted a year in review of pictures showing the editor from summer camp to the very last layout submission on our Facebook page. It was beautiful and fun and reminded me of all that’s good about social media.
On Easter I liked a memory photo of President Obama and the former First Lady reading Where the Wild Things Are to children. It was beautiful and funny and reminded me of all that’s good about social media.
And then I read the comments.
I sat there at my mother-in-law’s house reading one racist awful thing after another, getting angrier by the minute.
Then I posted a news story and that same anger reverberated through me as I thought about OK teachers making such a small paycheck and retirees making a pittance after insurance. Then I started researching healthcare and medical costs in the US and posted and someone said “Thanks Obama” and my head nearly exploded because yeah, it really sucks that insurance has to cover pre-existing conditions and can’t cap our care and states that expanded Medicaid have decent healthcare for decent prices but big pharma and insurance are definitely going to bankrupt any of us who happen to fall ill…..and I realized…..
Social media is killing me.
I didn’t take my blood pressure, but I felt it skyrocket.
I like debate. I love the people I debate with. I have had lots of friends who have different political persuasions, and in the past it was fun to disagree.
Now I’m angry.
Or I’m bored and I start checking out what’s going on and an hour later I’m laughing at a video of some little kid I don’t know instead of talking to the people I do know.
Or I’m checking out twitter to see what the political pundits are saying.
Or I’m saying amen to Collier because awful Dan Patrick IS killing public education and people who vote for him are voting me out of a job and voting kids who aren’t independently wealthy out of quality education.
The list goes on and on and on and on.
Social media is infinite. It’s amazing because of its reach and the connections we make. It’s awful for the same reason.
So as I sat there realizing how worked up I was over something that had been debated to death, as I said “people are so stupid!” I looked in the mirror and saw me.
And I deleted the social media apps off my phone.
My goal is a week.
I should do more.
We’ll see what happens.