Here’s one thing I don’t get. When I’m casually scrolling my social media feed, as every single person on the planet now tends to do, every once in a while I come across something very peculiar. People love drama. They love negativity, they also love to spread that whole shebang around. But what I want to know is, why do we share things on our Facebook profile that we so openly don’t agree with?
Is it because we are wanting a reaction from people? Are we looking to poke our friends (and friends of friends of friends) in order to make others feel just as outraged as we feel after reading the initial article? These little tidbits are often prefixed with a “bloody joke” or “yeah right, read on how can anyone agree” etc. Which is what most people tend to direct their comment towards. Sooner or later, it’s appearing in everyone’s feed and we’re all throwing out two cents in and Facebook becomes an even bigger vortex of the drama llama.
But why do we do it? Imagine if we spent our time sharing great things, good things, wonderful things, and using the energy we usually reserved for punching our keyboard and grumbling incessantly to spread some posi vibes you know?
Think about the last article you shared. What was it about? What did it say? What made you hit the share button to begin with. Then think about the ‘reactions’ you got on said article. Were they positive, negative, how many likes did you get etc. Was your phone blowing up like a hotline bling or were you refreshing your feed and fishing. Probably you’ll find, the more thought-provoking, and the harder you poked your audience, the more reactions you got. The juicer the news, the more unsightly the photo, the worse the car crash the more your phone lights up like the New York Christmas Tree in December.
Keep in mind, however, this is also coming from someone who makes their living poking the people of the town for a living. I’m very good at it. Opinion writers get paid to jump repeatedly on one side of the seesaw and entertain yourself and irritate at least 50% of people around you. So as an opinion writer, and a writer in general, of course, I love it when things get shared around. But can we balance the moody, broody and grey vibes with something a little more positive? Just for this week. Next week I’ll have plenty of shade to throw and please share it all as widely as possible. Keeps food on the table for the kids.