I’m Thankful I Have the Luxury of Being Annoyed By Politics on Facebook

Last Friday morning my kindergartener was home sick from school. Exhausted from being up with him for much of the night, and emotional from a rough and trying week, I sat at the dining room table trying to work as tears slipped down my face and splashed onto my laptop keyboard.

“Why are you crying, mom?” He asked.

I didn’t have an answer for him. Not one that he could understand.

You see, I was crying because of Facebook. In particular a rancorous political exchange with immediate family members over something I’d posted on Facebook which to me seemed, at the time, not so controversial.

But these days, everything is a potential flash point.

So I was crying.

Because I am a website editor who manages a Facebook page for a living, full time, being on Facebook for me is an occupational hazard. And even if I am not posting “controversial” things about politics, I am seeing them, and seeing the fighting and the meanness, all the time. Everywhere. It’s unavoidable, and it’s led me to take rather large Facebook breaks on the weekends.

As I sat there in a silly, teary mess that morning, a thought hit me like a lightning bolt. I remembered a Facebook post I saw on Inauguration Day, among the vitriol and the rants, the jubilation and the gloating, that reminded me that I really should not be crying over politics on Facebook.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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