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Old 08-31-2016, 04:03 PM   #61
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first, I've come to the conclusion that my definition of "friends" is vastly different than a lot of folks nowadays.
Next, I don't use facebook for important discussions and I'm leery of folks who do.
and lastly, which could probably sum up my feelings about FB, it's for entertainment purposes only
+1 and it's my view you should watch the entertainment and not supply it for other people....anyone who thinks I'm influenced by something political they posted on FB doesn't know me very well.
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Old 08-31-2016, 04:08 PM   #62
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I find it interesting that some people who are quite enjoyable to be with in person are completely intolerable on FB.

I unfollow anyone who continually posts political or religious or always one-sided depressing news articles or memes. Sometimes I will try to follow them again after a while, but a day or two later they usually get themselves unfollowed again.

But some of those same people that I cannot stand on FB, I genuinely enjoy being with in person. I guess FB ofttimes just brings out all that is bad in people. This seems to be the case on most of the forums I have tried to join as well.

Why can't people just use the internet they way it was intended? For porn and gambling.
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I find it interesting that some people who are quite enjoyable to be with in person are completely intolerable on FB.

I unfollow anyone who continually posts political or religious or always one-sided depressing news articles or memes. Sometimes I will try to follow them again after a while, but a day or two later they usually get themselves unfollowed again.

But some of those same people that I cannot stand on FB, I genuinely enjoy being with in person.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:21 PM   #64
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I have a Facebook account, and I do accept friend requests if I know the person. However, I have to the best of my ability blocked anyone and everyone from posting on my timeline and I have blocked any and all sharing of information, tagging, pictures, location, etc. I sign on once a month or so to see what my nephews might be doing with their lives (my primary reason to have an account at all). I do not post anything, like anything or comment on anything. My goal is to eliminate all mindless drivel, not just the political kind.
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However I've actually found this ridiculous political climate easier in terms of friends. The majority of my friends as well as myself dislike both candidates, so there isn't the die-hard advocate for one or the other in my group. Rather it is a lot of hand-wringing over "out of all this talent in the U.S. how in the world did it come to this??"
Same here. I have a couple of relatives on FB who are die-hard Dem and a couple Rep, but overall most people I know do not like either candidate. Not any ugly confrontations in my circle of FB friends or at the local pub.

So to answer the question......no one is off my speaking to list due to current politics.
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I follow the sage advice given to me by my dearly departed Dad.

One should never discuss politics or religion in mixed company.

In addition, I think it is typically best to look for those things we have in common rather than focus on those that divide us.
Or at the annual Family reunion neither my side nor the Wife's side.



heh heh heh - dogs and kids on the other hand are fine.
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Same here. I do like animal pics and videos, though
Yes but not the 1000th pic of their two dogs! Or a selfie that cries out for Like Me Please!
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Yes but not the 1000th pic of their two dogs! Or a selfie that cries out for Like Me Please!

There is more than a bit of junior high schoolishness...
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Who are you not speaking to?

FB is inherently narcissist and it is like absolute crack for the real narcissists. I've unfollowed a number of people who just seem over the line needy for attention and affirmation, some of whom are OK in small doses in real life. But enough about me...What do YOU think about me? 😇
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Aaaah, I see. So anyone with a differing viewpoint must, by definition, not be smart, intelligent, level-headed and successful?

Sounds pretty broad-minded to me.


I never put that much thought into it. I always liked someone to have the opposing viewpoint as it was not any fun to discuss when everyone agreed on everything...... But I always thought it was fun and never had any passion or animosity about disagreements. But in 2012 election I learned other recent friends did not share same attitude...So I learned not to discuss it much anymore, ha!


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Old 08-31-2016, 11:03 PM   #71
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I never put that much thought into it. I always liked someone to have the opposing viewpoint as it was not any fun to discuss when everyone agreed on everything...... But I always thought it was fun and never had any passion or animosity about disagreements. But in 2012 election I learned other recent friends did not share same attitude...So I learned not to discuss it much anymore, ha!


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Yea, I have to say that I used to go to lunch with a guy at work who had the opposite political view as me... we would discuss some of the stupid things 'their' side did... problem is that we used to agree more often than not that it was a stupid idea... but that was in the early 2000s...

Problem is that the stupid stuff has only gotten worse on both sides...
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In the last presidential election, it got really vicious and nasty on my FB pages. This election it has been relatively tame. I don't know if this is because of the election or because people are just getting tired of posting and arguing on FB. As a federal employee, I'm not allowed to comment at all or even hit "like" due to the Hatch Act so I just sit back and enjoy the show. When I visit family during the holidays, it will be a different matter. But I can't stop speaking to family. Just bite my tongue.
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Facebook has to be the most consensual invasion of privacy ever invented. Of all the useful things the internet has brought us, it has to be the most worthless.

Everybody wants to be noticed. And the folks with 1000+ friends who post the most intimate and detailed pictures of their family. I'm sure they know that all 1000+ of those folks are upstanding citizens. It's an invitation to nefarious activity.

It's a modern variation on the old George Carlin bit about people who mass mail custom made Christmas cards every year.
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Or at the annual Family reunion neither my side nor the Wife's side.



heh heh heh - dogs and kids on the other hand are fine.
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I have a Facebook account, and I do accept friend requests if I know the person. However, I have to the best of my ability blocked anyone and everyone from posting on my timeline and I have blocked any and all sharing of information, tagging, pictures, location, etc. I sign on once a month or so to see what my nephews might be doing with their lives (my primary reason to have an account at all). I do not post anything, like anything or comment on anything. My goal is to eliminate all mindless drivel, not just the political kind.
Sounds like a lot of effort for very little value. There must be another way. I've never been on FB & don't feel I've missed anything I haven't gotten via less intrusive (as FB sounds) means.

Really, FB comes across in this thread as satisfying cravings I don't have.
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Yet another reason to FIRE. I'm sick and tired of listening to vocal coworkers who always assume I agree with their political views for some reason. Since we're a captive audience in the salt mines from nine to five, it's much better to keep it to ourselves. We have one old guy in particular who will twist almost any conversation to espouse his political views.

One of these days I'll have to figure out what the facebook thing is all about. :P

Actually, this is one reason I don't participate in FB. First of all, I can't imagine anyone being so interested in the minutiae of my private life, and secondly, I hear from my siblings that we have a very vocal cousin who thinks everyone else needs to read her wacko political opinions. Just say no.
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To me, this is the flat-out amazing part: People really do care! Of all my FB posts, some of the most mundane seem to garner large numbers of "likes." Also, people really like it when you post a selfie. I have no idea why.

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To me, this is the flat-out amazing part: People really do care! Of all my FB posts, some of the most mundane seem to garner large numbers of "likes." Also, people really like it when you post a selfie. I have no idea why.
It would seem that no matter how ordinary or ugly you are, if you want a boost to your ego, post a selfi, and everyone will feel obligated to tell you how pretty/handsome you are. White lies are good and cheap. Now days, people believe Facebook before their mirror.
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It would seem that no matter how ordinary or ugly you are, if you want a boost to your ego, post a selfi, and everyone will feel obligated to tell you how pretty/handsome you are. White lies are good and cheap. Now days, people believe Facebook before their mirror.
Wow. Who knew? What a societal disaster.
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It would seem that no matter how ordinary or ugly you are, if you want a boost to your ego, post a selfi, and everyone will feel obligated to tell you how pretty/handsome you are..
You just talked me into re-activating my Face Book account! Thanks!!!
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