Facebook isn’t Facebook anymore. It’s PoliticsBook.
EVERY. OTHER. STATUS is a political debate waiting to happen.
You see memes and infographics on the regular. Sometimes you’ve told yourself you’re not going to engage, so instead, you read the comments on a politically-charged video or picture.
Then you see a friend has made a comment showing his true colors. So you HAVE to comment.
And then that friend comments back and you’re at a discord for a good 30 minutes. Maybe more. You completely disregard your goals and plans for the day because of one Facebook post. And now every time you hop on Facebook, you’re bombarded with even more comments that you have to reply to or else it’ll seem as if you haven’t gotten your point across.
Your whole workflow is distracted and dismantled all because you decided to argue on social media.
Congratulations, you just played yourself.
It’s happened to the best of us. Ever since this past election season, there have been lots of political banter on social media—especially on Facebook.
Yes, it’s good that you can finally see who you’re real friends are, but let’s be honest: most of the time, you’re not getting much of your own work done.
Because after the debates are over and the laws are passed or rejected, you’re still going to have bills to pay.
So here are 7 things to do instead of arguing about politics on Facebook.
First things first: if you don’t want to see it, you gotta delete it. And if you want to be a little bit more subtle in unfriending Sally, then just unfollow her status updates on Facebook. Can’t argue when there’s nothing (you see) to argue about.
Instead of having a whole bunch of politics on your timeline, join Facebook groups filled with likeminded people. Are you a chef? A student? An entrepreneur? There are plenty of groups you can be added to that will better benefit you than a political Polly.
2.Go for a walk.
You know those good 30 minutes you spent trying to explain how so-and-so’s comments are misinformed? You could have exercised or at least went out for a walk.
Here’s a tip: every time you’ve had more than one back-and-forth with someone, unfollow the comment and go get some fresh air.
Because you can pull up as many historical documents and statistics as you can. You can’t teach someone who does not want to be taught. You can’t help someone who does not want to be helped.
3.Read a book.
Possibly a book that has nothing to do with politics. Read for the joy of reading, for the joy of learning a new word, diving into a new adventure, or understanding a new concept. The smartest people love to learn.
4.Work on your side hustle.
Do you have your own business? From crafting to social media marketing, there are many ways you can do something outside of your job to help fund your life. Arguing with ignorance will not fund your education or pay your bills. It’ll just make you look stupid.
Instead, do something that’ll actually make you money. Apply for a job. Look for some internships.
One of my favorite quotes is: “the moment you start arguing with an ignorant person, you have already lost.” You know what you’ve lost TIME. You know what time is? Money.
So take some time out of your day and make another source of income.
Besides, several of the richest people in the world don’t just rely on one income for the entirety of their life. And you don’t have to be super wealthy to enjoy life. But it sure does help.
5.Work on a hobby
So you don’t have side income but have a hobby you like to work on? Work on it! Keep yourself busy in times of foolery. Create a quilt, learn a new language, draw—do something that will keep your brain working while calming you down.
Several people (including me) undermine the importance of drinking water throughout the day. Take some time to get up to move around and get some water.
This is like killing two birds with one stone since getting up will decrease chances of getting the sitting disease.
No, you read that right. The sitting disease simply states that the more we sit, the shorter our life spans. In fact, a cardiologist told Mayo Clinic, “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.” So get up! And get some water.
7.De-clutter your working area
I know you’ve got some files saved onto your computer or email or cloud that are hogging up space and making your systems run slower. You’ll notice the more stuff you have on your computer, the slower your computer goes. It’s the same with life: the more clutter on your desk and around you, the less efficient and productive you become.
Instead of engaging in political debates on Facebook, step away from your workspace and analyze it from an outsider’s view. Does it look organized? Do you have extra papers on the desk? Could underneath be neater? Can you see underneath?
There are 24 hours in a day. 8 of them are used for sleep. Don’t let the other 16 hours go to waste. Every day is a new day to be a better, more productive, more efficient person. This doesn’t mean take out all your social media breaks and live a work-heavy life. After all, social media is a great way to connect and network with people. But don’t let the people you chose to connect with dictate how you spend your time. Time is one thing you can never get back.
How do you avoid or defuse political debates on Facebook?