Category Archives: Social and Technology

On Social Media

Ten years ago, I joined Facebook and just quietly watched as people would post to my wall, wish me happy birthday, or share their random thoughts.

Today, as I type this, I have 581 friends. These friends all have differing races, backgrounds, histories, religions, cultural backgrounds, and political opinions. However, over the past 24 hours I’ve been personally insulted because of my political opinions and my friends have been insulted on my own page (which can be equated to someone insulting someone else at the same gathering in my own home) for their own political opinions.

I’ve seen people say things passive aggressively about me today as well as in the past about varying things from Politics to my own health issues.

On social media, and even more so since the onset of our most recent election, I’ve read so much “we need to eradicate the Muslims” “we need to kill all mentally ill” and “we just need to get rid of anyone who isn’t a Christian because God will do it anyway” “People like YOU are the reason this country is going to shit” and “Gays should die!” kinds of posts and responses to others, that it makes me sad.  It stresses me out. It hurts me to see people behave in this manner.

Last weekend, my husband went away for a couple days and I, for the most part, stayed off social media. The pain in my teeth from the constant gritting I’ve been doing since early December started to subside. As soon as I opened up my social media app again on the way home, the anxiety came back. The backstabbing, insulting, hatred, rumors, speculations and absolute embarrassments were in front of me again.

I cannot allow myself to be a part of that any longer.

I cannot draw myself into a conversation about how horrible certain people are.

I cannot allow my friends to hate on each other in my own ‘personal space’.

I can no longer bear witness to people hurting others in the name of religion

Over an election

Over race

Over sexual preference

Over an opinion.

I have very strong political and religious opinions, however, I’ve also learned that voicing those on social media only leads to more stress and anxiety because of backlash from those who don’t agree with me.

And so, I’m backing you off. I’m backing me off. I’m doing this not because I don’t want to be your friend any longer, but instead, because i want to remain so. 

I’m turning social media back into what I originally meant for it to be, which is just a means to keep a few people in touch with me: family, some friends and a few contacts for my disability.

And so, if I’ve unfriended you, it’s not a slap in the face. Don’t think I hate you. I do not. I need to distance myself for me. I need to distance myself for you because obviously, for some of you, my opinions make you rather irate.

I feel that as a country, we are at the cusp of repeating a very dark and sad time. I understand those who want change.  I understand those who did not want to see history repeating itself twice in their own lifetime. I understand people not wanting to ‘re-elect’ someone to office, or even have someone in office who has a proven negative track record. I get that. It’s why I didn’t vote for a first female President this time. For me, it would have taken more than just estrogen and two X chromosomes to make it happen.

I also didn’t vote for reality TV star, real estate tycoon, narcissism either.

But, the way I see it, the irony is that by voting  against her, some of you voted FOR narcissism. You voted for a person who wants change THEIR way, not the way the majority wants. You voted for tyranny. You voted for bullying. You voted for sexism, racism and hate. But I dare not say that much on social media. I’d be insulted by my friends who see things differently than I do.

I dare not say that I don’t want to say anything about it on social media.  I’d be insulted by my friends who DO see things the same as I do for NOT saying anything.

Today, though, I was told that since I did not vote for the woman who was the First Lady of the state I currently reside in, I automatically voted FOR this hatred. I was told that directly. Again, I did not vote for anyone who has lived in the state of New York within the past 10 years. But somehow, I’m to blame.

The level of disrespect I’ve seen over the past year has been heartbreaking. Disrespect of myself, my friends and our fellow humans in general. The only way that we can resolve that is to first improve ourselves. If social media makes you have to take Xanax just to get through the day, then maybe you need to step away, too.

And that is what I’m doing first. I’m stepping away the only way that I know how without worrying my family or disappearing altogether.

And so again, this isn’t against any of you. It’s about me and my own health, anxiety (and my god, my teeth!).

I don’t hate anyone.  Hate is a strong word.  I don’t dislike anyone I’m departing from.

I’m just disappointed in my friends, in the state I live in and in society in general. If I keep you around, don’t think of it as winning a lottery or a friendship contest. I’m being very selective in that regard. Again, family and my immediate support network both in health and friendships are what’s sticking around.

I’ll still be around.  I can be found in my groups I moderate. I can be found in the neighborhood groups. I can be found on my site for my blog and the one for my craft. You’re welcome to find me there.

I just can’t with the hatred, entitlement and disrespect any longer. I just can’t.

Peace, Love and Unicorns.

On Self-Filtering

I’ve never officially been diagnosed with Adult ADD, however, all the signs point to it. I fail to complete most projects. I have trouble focusing on one task at a time (I don’t want to talk about my hours of homework as a kid..) and sometimes, I fail to turn the filter on between my brain and my mouth, which has cost me several relationships and has impacted my work performance a time or two. Read the rest of this entry

Faceboozled (again)

It’s hard to page through one’s FaceBook feed without seeing a seemingly endless stream of warnings, well wishes and tips that have been passed on from other FaceBook users. Caring for the well-being of others, sometimes it’s hard to resist the temptation of passing these on ourselves. ¬†We are first an impulse society, especially when it comes to tragic situations. In fact, it’s this emotion that those who create hoaxes that plague social media feed on. It’s the logical side of us that hoax-creators hope you do not use.

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Good Morning FaceBook: Happy Friday: Your Uncle is dead

Death is an unfortunate part of life. Inherently, we all know that at some point in time, our parents will die, our friends will die and ultimately, unless we are a British Time Traveler in a blue police box or an ancient Scottish Swordsman, we too will die. I am at the age now where the generation before me is starting to pass on at a more rapid rate. However, when it comes to someone’s death, what is the best way to handle it when it comes to social media?

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Challenge accepted

Since she was 4, Kathryn has wanted an Iphone. All the whistles and bells and games on it are what motivated her. “You can have an Iphone when you can afford the $40 a month for it”, we told her. Read the rest of this entry

The Beef on the Chickin

I love chicken. In my freezer, there are currently three chicken breasts, one chicken kiev and a whole chicken. If given the choice, I will pick poultry over beef most times. My array of chicken meals that I cook could be compared to a poultry-obsessed Forest Gump. I’ve cooked chicken gumbo, fried chicken, baked chicken, smothered chicken breasts, lemon pepper chicken, chicken fingers, chicken salad, chicken stir-fry, chicken kiev, stuffed chicken breasts, parmesan and mushroom chicken.. and so on. I can’t say that my menu for beef extends as far.

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What Little Rock Mamas do on weekends

Today, we all went over to Moody Mom’s house with our girls (and boy!!) to have a little fun. The purpose of the messiness is actually for YOUR entertainment.. But shhhh, I can’t tell you the whole story just yet. Read the rest of this entry

Vigilante justice and the contradiction therein

George Zimmerman was recently arrested for killing a teenager whom he felt put him in danger. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, Mr Zimmerman took matters upon himself and pursued Mr. Martin. Had Mr. Zimmerman simply stayed put, Mr. Martin would probably still be alive.

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Stress out, freak out, panic, :facepalm:

I don’t often go into a panic.

OK, so maybe I do.

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Impersonal communication still has rules

My FaceBook account says that I joined in 2007, but this was not my first experience with internet social communication. In the fifteen-or-so years since the World Wide Web became widely popular, I’ve managed bulletin boards, provided customer service and minimal tech support for an ISP, created and helped program a PHPbb site (or two), have had accounts with MySpace, Twitter and Facebook and now work as a web clerk for a daily newspaper. The internet has allowed society to communicate with others in so many beneficial ways. However, the internet also allows people to completely avoid face-to-face communication, which, in turn allows us to dodge some uncomfortable encounters. Consequentially, this often leads people to forget common etiquette that one would normally follow in a face-to-face social setting.

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