by Marcia Talley
I think I might have to take a vacation from Facebook.
I used to enjoy logging in to find out what my family members were up to, reconnect with friends from my past or catch up on the latest news from my writing colleagues. But lately, signing on to Facebook has been, more often than not, an exercise in masochism.
Since when was it OK to spew such hatred or spread lies? It MAKES ME ANGRY! (And yes, I’m shouting.) This week I unfriended three people who seem to think their racially-charged postings are oh-so-clever, and I deleted the completely off-base comment of at least one other friend. My page, my rules, dude! You’re on probation. I have no editorial control over the comments posted on the pages of my friends, however, and these can often be shocking to read. If we are known by the company we keep, it might behoove us to use the awesome power of the delete key to zap those loonies as soon as they crawl out of the cesspit.
And for heaven’s sake, friends! (I find myself shouting.) Don’t allow yourself to get spun up by Internet rumors. Before posting a link to a story, please check out the source. Is it from Andy Borowitz or the Onion, sites famous for their satire? Is it a fake news site or a hoax purveyor like the National Report? Has it been making the rounds for years, getting thoroughly debunked each and every time? Repeat after me: www.snopes.com. And when it comes to politics, factcheck.org will usually set your mind straight.
Too often these days, I find my fingers hovering over my keyboard as I mentally draft a reply to a comment. Sometimes I even go so far as to type it “out loud.” But reading my comment over I think, nah, what difference will it make and hit the delete key.
So, now I’m off to unfriend somebody I used to go to high school with, but first, I’m going to wash his mouth out with soap.