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Old 11-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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This year in politics has driven a lot of people mad, I swear. More so than ever people are taking/making things personal and ruining/straining relationships over opinions and it's just rediculous. I live in Wisconsin so between the whole governer stuff going on and the presidential elections a lot of mud has been slinging.

I have opinions and while I generally keep to myself, I do like to get other view points to possibly see things differently. So, I'd post stuff on FB to get a discussion going... but it seems people don't like to have a "discussion." They'd prefer insults, arguing, and being rude and disrespectful. It was overwelming. I started to get seriously irritated and pissy IRL because of some stuff.

After one of our VERY good family friends (practically family) started bashing me on a video from my wedding about my views, I'd had enough. Deleted the whole dang thing. (Technically you can't delete your FB profile, just deactivate, but still..)

It's been great and I highly recommend it to anyone. I had also gotten into the routine of checking my phone and comp every chance I could to look at FB. I have no idea why... it was weird when I looked at what I was doing. I wanted to stop. Now it's like I have more time in the day to do stuff.. productive stuff. lol

So I guess I'll be spending more time on HBT looking at how I can waste more money on beer.

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Facebook is a terrible forum for politics, for exactly the reasons you mention. Its not a real discussion. It quickly spins out of control to sound bites and insults, and I think that's a function of the short nature of typical facebook posts and comments. Technically you can write a novel outlining well thought out beliefs, but in general the format favors quick, one or two sentence comments.

So I do my very best to avoid political discussions on FB. I mostly succeed. Mostly.

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Heh. Actually I rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and I wasn't even talking politics, that was just the straw that broke the camels back. The Packers was the other hot topic (as stupid as that sounds). I got messages saying to "f**k off" amongst a rash of people deleting me. Sweet jesus I know some touchy people. lol

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Heh. Actually I rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and I wasn't even talking politics, that was just the straw that broke the camels back. The Packers was the other hot topic (as stupid as that sounds). I got messages saying to "f**k off" amongst a rash of people deleting me. Sweet jesus I know some touchy people. lol
Yeah, people get worked the hell up over sports teams. You say anything negative and its like you called their baby ugly.

I always find it interested how vested we can get in sports teams given that we have zero impact on their success or failure. But it doesn't stop us from being all proud when they win (as if we had anything to do with it). And I say we because I am not immune. I actually shed a tear when Vanderbilt won their bowl game in 2008. Doesn't make any sense, but I did.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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From my observations, any forum or forum type place is a poor place to discuss politics because ineviably it degenerates into the same thing.

Anyway, congrats on shuttin' 'er down!

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From my observations, any forum or forum type place is a poor place to discuss politics because ineviably it degenerates into the same thing.

Anyway, congrats on shuttin' 'er down!
Eh, we actually have a lot of meaningful discussion in the debate forum here. Granted, there is still some name calling and closed-mindedness, but the majority of the discussion is thoughtful and meaningful.
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This year in politics has driven a lot of people mad, I swear. More so than ever people are taking/making things personal and ruining/straining relationships over opinions and it's just rediculous. I live in Wisconsin so between the whole governer stuff going on and the presidential elections a lot of mud has been slinging.

I have opinions and while I generally keep to myself, I do like to get other view points to possibly see things differently. So, I'd post stuff on FB to get a discussion going... but it seems people don't like to have a "discussion." They'd prefer insults, arguing, and being rude and disrespectful. It was overwelming. I started to get seriously irritated and pissy IRL because of some stuff.

After one of our VERY good family friends (practically family) started bashing me on a video from my wedding about my views, I'd had enough. Deleted the whole dang thing. (Technically you can't delete your FB profile, just deactivate, but still..)

It's been great and I highly recommend it to anyone. I had also gotten into the routine of checking my phone and comp every chance I could to look at FB. I have no idea why... it was weird when I looked at what I was doing. I wanted to stop. Now it's like I have more time in the day to do stuff.. productive stuff. lol

So I guess I'll be spending more time on HBT looking at how I can waste more money on beer.
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So, you're saying that you have no self control and that abstinence is the only answer for you?

Fine. But to highly recommend it to others . . . .

What's next? We're all suppose quit drinking and join AA?

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Eh, we actually have a lot of meaningful discussion in the debate forum here. Granted, there is still some name calling and closed-mindedness, but the majority of the discussion is thoughtful and meaningful.
I will second this. I have been watching a few threads here, and aside from a few individuals they have been pretty good discussions.
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I cleared out all pictures & 'likes' from wasted Spacebook last month. I kept close friends & family then stepped away from it for about a week.

It was awesome.

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