While every election season can quickly become volatile, this years seems to be worse than ever. Family members fighting and friendships ruined just because of a difference in political opinion. What makes this even worse it seems is social media, such as Facebook. Facebook can be a wonderful place to engage with family and friends, but when you add politics to the mix, it can be hard not to become angered at the things that people we thought we knew share and post. This is especially true for those with independent political party beliefs who don’t want either candidate in office. Thankfully, there are ways to can help keep the peace this election season while still enjoying Facebook.
Avoid Posting Political Content
Even though you can post anything you want, as long as it doesn’t violate Facebook’s TOS, on your own timeline, you must understand that you open yourself up to debates and attacks from those who disagree with you. If you must post political content but don’t want to deal with arguments, consider creating a list of friends that share the same political beliefs as you do, and then when you want to make a political post, you can set it so that only those friends on that list can see it.
Do Not Engage
Engaging in political posts that you disagree with is one of the quickest ways to add fuel to the fire. Instead, scroll past posts you don’t like and don’t continue to think about these posts throughout the day. You must remember that for few, if any, people’s political opinions have changed because of a Facebook post.
Utilize the Unfollow Option
If you find that one of your friends or family members is posting a lot of things that you don’t agree with and don’t want to see, you have a few options. The first being trying to simple ignore the posts, which can be difficult if you constantly see them on your dashboard. The second option is to remove that person from your friends list, but that can end up opening up a whole new can of worms. The third option is to simply unfollow them. Facebook gives its users the option to unfollow their friends, which means you remain friends with them but you won’t see any of their posts on your dashboard. Facebook does not alert those who you unfollow and you can still see what they post if you visit their profile.