See, here’s the thing. I keep my Facebook alive mostly because it is the easiest way to keep in touch with several old friends I will almost certainly never see in person again. Unfortunately I cannot stand to see others continuous ideological, religious, & political posts without posting some of my own. Wouldn’t you know it, every time I do, it seems I pee in somebody’s petunias.
I didn’t post any commentary on this one when I re-posted it. I thought it covered my opinions pretty well without any extra help from me.
This was followed shortly afterwards with this:
It is far more exhausting to think of new and creative ways to form tactful answers than to comment on original posts. Remind me again why I am working so hard to avoid hurting the feelings of those with no regard for mine?
Now here’s where I am genuinely curious about internet etiquette. I make it a habit never to post argumentative commentary on friends’ posts. If I feel I just have to say something and I know it will either offend my friend or go completely against what they believe, I go around their re-post to the original page and post my comment there. I tend to think that is just the tactful, polite way to behave.
While I certainly would never seek to bar my friends from posting or make them feel their opinions or thoughts are unwelcome, I still kinda’ think it would just be more polite to simply re-post on your own page and make your comments there, or do it on the main page. If you don’t agree with a post, why argue on their public wall? That puts the first poster in the position of either having to defend their post or to let contrary opinions stay under it, and all in front of every friend who can access their wall. It just seems a bit tactless to me. Sometimes it seems to me that many social media sites are slowly being taken over by a cacophony of squabbling.
What do you think?
Thank you to the Facebook page of Liberal Hippie Nerd, from whom I re-posted the above graphic. It’s a great page, check it out sometime.
The original exchange on Facebook has been altered. I noticed I had left out the key word “not” in my comment on the upper percent. It now reads “not to pay a decent percentage.” What can ya’ say, you forget some of those connecting words when you are typing long responses.