Editing has exhausted me this entire week. Add to the fact that I was unwell and still don’t feel a hundred per cent and there’s this tendency to droop and focus on gloom and doom. My social media feed full of news of carnage, aggressive conversations without nuance or patience, and stories about leaders, who seem to have peanuts for brains and egos larger than their heads, does not help. Social media angst is never far away.
So here’s my note to self, my social media tips for sanity: a few reminders to stay away from social media angst. I’m not speaking out of compassion fatigue, each event still devastates me, but on social media, I’d rather see positive action than negative recrimination.
Best to check, I find, whether I’m seeing the world colored by my own prejudices, from inside the eco-chamber full of those who agree with me. (This article explains it.) Personally, a bit of perspective helps me reduce social media angst, and leads me to see the world as a writer should. The article, though long, is worth a read, and ends with:
“I implore you to seek out your opposite. When you hear someone cite “facts” that don’t support your viewpoint don’t think “that can’t be true!” Instead consider, “Hm, maybe that person is right? I should look into this.”
Because refusing to truly understand those who disagree with you is intellectual laziness and worse, is usually worse than what you’re accusing the Other Side of doing.”
What recent piece of news has given you the ulcers? Are you ever frustrated by what you read on social media and want to shut the whole noise down altogether? If you’re on social media, what tips would you share so we can all remain sane, functional, healthy individuals, yet avoid compassion fatigue? Do you ever try to understand the reasons why some people disagree with you? Do my tips make sense to you? Would you share them?
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