Facebook debates are crazy.
And annoying. Mostly annoying.
I don’t know what it is about Facebook that makes its users feel like they are noteworthy political pundits. I’m sure there are studies and reports on this phenomenon, but I have no desire to read them. I’m OK not knowing. Knowledge won’t change anything. People will continue to make themselves look like idiots via social media whether or not I’m aware of the psychology behind it.
And it’s not just Facebook users who belong to one political party or practice a certain spirituality that are the ones making fools of themselves. Facebook Punditry knows no bounds! Facebook Punditry is colorblind and gender neutral and asexual and bipartisan and irreligious! No one is immune!
So the next time you’re thinking about sharing that grainy .JPEG of a bald eagle with an American flag in its beak surrounded by some hard-to-read text that is for/against gun control, abortion, or gay rights, ask yourself, “Does this actually HELP anything or does it just make me look like a jerkface?” More often than not, it’s the latter.
Do you participate in Facebook Punditry? Why or why not?