You pretty much summed up why I left Facebook recently. I completely feel you and I agree that it's never been this bad before. It's just a bastion of negativity and a horrible place to use as a news aggregate. I'm angry too, I spent a lot of time voicing my opinion and getting caught up in the opinions of others, but it never resulted in anything good or fulfilling. I focused my time I would've ordinarily spent on endless scrolling and getting caught up in yelling at people to apply for jobs and just landed a good offer, haha. At least with Reddit you have some more control over which subreddits and things you visit. For me it's mostly art, body mods, reality TV, career guidance and stuff. I like r/news and r/worldnews as aggregate news sources, but I'm usually wary about reading any of the comments. Leave if you have to. Focus on self love.
No matter what you’re going to find a lot of shitty stuff online. And no matter social media will always talk about controversial topics that will make the site or app more and more toxic, but that’s up to you to decided where you should spend your time on and what not to get into. No matter what site you’re on controversial topics will not be the majority of the site. You have to go out and explore your sites to find what your looking for.
I was never big on social media either. Seems like they're good for creating bubbles and distorting your world view, and they also make you way more visible to the world than it's healthy. I keep in touch with friends and family through phone and whatsApp, my account here is the closest to social media I have, but it's more about my art than just myself so it feels less than normal social media to me.
I mean, people still use 4chan, even if it's less than they used to. And twitter falls under the latter category of "you have to deliberately follow stupid people for it to be bad, but it's kind of okay if you can find the 3 (sane) people who post stuff you like."
4chan has some questionable content and people there like to make fun of poltical correctness(as well as almost everything else) but there far from malicious, however 4chan users and cancel culture types seem to have a mutual loathing(if not hatred) of each other and act accordingly.
Since a lot of good things have came out of 4chan(such as Katawa Shoujo ( a English-language visual novel which explores the subjects of disabilty, illness and past trauma in a respectful and compassionate way), LOLcats, SCP Foundation , funny stories like Old Man Hendersonandmore. Also the pedo stuff mostly died down do to users reporting such things to police, 4chan users have strange standards but they still have standreds(for example speaking ill of Fred Rogers is a ban-able offence on 4chan and reporting criminal activity to police is stranded over there).
Just because good stuff come out of a site doesn’t make the site good in anyway shape or form. People create the good or bad on the site. And a lot bad happens on that site compared to most well known sites on the internet.
I am basically saying that the unambiguously bad stuff isn't most of the content(or even most of what spreads from 4chan) and that aside from being politically incorrect(which considering where politically correctness got us, it isn't a bad thing to be politically incorrect) and NSFW(which is already accepted on DA anyway) there content isn't that different from the rest of the internet. Also the really toxic and twisted stuff usual ends up in echo chambers that are easy to avoid, the big exceptions being criminal activity, harassment and speaking ill of certain individuals(mainly Fred Rogers) which isn't allowed to begin with . Its not a perfect system but its far from a bad website, let me put it this way nearly every website has its toxic people and throwing out the baby with the bath water is a bad idea.
Isn't it something? They make sure to let us know how terrible things are on a daily basis now, yet were were allegedly clueless as to how terrible things were ( or were not ) before the last 5-6 years or so. Seems more to me like it was not that bad then and that it's only worse now because certain people are choosing to make it this way.
appears you just described a slow/calm day on the politics forum. but, in retrospect, everything in life is about politics and choosing sides, this isn't anything new. people just couldn't handle the outcome of life and take it out on themselves and each other. ignoring is actually fairly easy, just don't read. you choose to read/engage or not. as for hearing it, stop listening. also not that complicated. can take longer to train oneself not to listen and/or have selective hearing, but it is possible.
I'm sorry but the "If you don't like it, then don't look at it," argument is pretty stupid when talking about sites like Facebook. It's hard to simply ignore these political posts on sites like Facebook when practically every other post has some political message. Also, the people who make these posts use inflammatory buzzwords such as Fascist and bigoted as a means to ensure that it's practically impossible to look away from their post. I understand that politics have their place in life, but what you see on sites like Facebook isn't even politics. It's just a bunch of people screaming at each other.
it's a trained trait. I didn't read most of that, but replying stating it's possible. you choose to read it, you choose to engage with it, or not. politics hasn't improved with time, it's gotten worse. the sooner you adapt it as white noise the better.
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If you don't like post, hide it. Most social media have option to not display some sort of content. If someone upsets you by talking about it too much, block them or in the very least restrict them so you don't see their posts.
It is okay to talk about politics, but on the other hand, people take it too far and others just don't like to see it. Honestly, I was in similar place not so long ago, but on IG. Ended up restricting and/or blocking quite a lot of people, since I use the platform just to look at cute anime girls art and cosplays.
Really, there is nothing bad about choosing content you see and interact with.
I downloaded that social media fixer and it makes a small dent in it, but still a lot of it gets through by other means. There is just too much because it's all people talk about non-stop, which is a kind of illness in my opinion. They are obsessed. And don't even get me started on the mask nazi's who seek out people to file for their 15 minutes of social media clout. People " confronting " others with their cell phones day in and day out, it's come to a psychotic level now. Nobody can even speak to each other know without holding up a phone at them to record it.
It drove my family apart. I was called out by my mother's side of the family as a racist Nazi nack in 2016. I had to quite doing Civil War and WWII reenacting because my two impressions was a artillery battery commander for the Confederacy, and my WWII impressions was the 17th Panzer.
Now I just do the US 32nd Infantry Division. I didn't portray them as the political extremes nore was it out of some supremacist bullshit, my impressions was of just a fighting man, his equipment, his rations, his daily life. There are no politics in foxholes. Just people struggling to make it out alive today. And that they never understood. Apparently I was teaching the wrong side of history.
Yeah. It can be tiring if you're trying to unwind or just do stuff without getting involved in poltics. I think you can find groups that leave them out, or create a niche group without any of that, but it's more work. I include politics with nsfw and gore for groups, if it's an account that falls heavily into those I don't add or mute for art accounts. (It's literally everywhere you go, so there's no need to worry about not hearing about it, might as well make yourself a feed where people just art or just learn and leave the ones with the politics somewhere else for when you are feeling like dealing with it.)
I try to avoid it extra cause I'll end up thinkng about it for ~2 hours or more if I see a particularly interestng post, which does nothing for the issue or myself, except bloat my journals with the various thought spools on political stances I have not concretely resolved a defensible personal position on.
If I were you, I'd delete my social media accounts. Mostly for your privacy, then for your mental health. Keep just one or a few for your close friends only. You won't miss it.
But yeah, today's shitstorm is being more rampant and hateful, since the wealth gap, racial/sex/gender inequalities and trickle-down hatred is higher and more observable, angry mobs goes online to spit in others. Anonymity also helps - everyone is bold behind a nickname and can think better while the "submit" button isn't pushed.
This is nothing new. People have always harassed other people for expressing opinions. For example, take Elijah Lovejoy. He was a newspaper publisher who was murdered by an angry mob for posting his opinion. This was in 1837.
So yeah, it's always been like that. However, it should also be noted that many of his supporters actually disagreed with the opinions he expressed; they were on his side because of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.