Have you ever seen a post about a controversial topic where the person posts a long rant and then after twenty or thirty comments, they make a point to let all of their disagreeing friends know that they are entitled to their own opinion? What exactly is the point? You’ve already spent most of your day disagreeing. Isn’t that what you were going for in the first place? I’m sure you didn’t post that thinking that you were going to get a bunch of posts that say “you are so smart and totally right. I’m completely changing my way of living because of your post on FB.” And after all of the back and forth, in most cases, you still haven’t made your argument. But saying “we can agree to disagree”, you have now told them to shut up, without saying those exact words.
I wonder if they are expecting to change people’s minds. Or, are they doing it because they have nothing better to do? Either way, it’s super annoying, in my opinion. We can agree to disagree, lol.
There isn’t a day that I sign onto Facebook without seeing a post that aggregates me. But… I keep my opinion to myself (until today) because unlike the people that post these ridiculous things, I’m not going to argue a point that I can’t back up with hard core proof. Maybe that’s the ex-investigator or the wanna-be lawyer in me. Either way, I think it’s the smarter approach.
Let me give you an example. Vaccinating children is a very controversial subject. I’ve heard many people argue both sides. Yet not one of the people that has argued the effects on my newsfeed is a scientist or a doctor or work in any type of profession where I would consider making, what could be a life-altering decision, when it comes to my family. I’ll trust my licensed pediatrician who I’ve known since I was 5.
When I accidentally stumble onto these posts, and make the mistake of reading them, I’m always left wondering why. Why do you need to start these posts that wind up aggravating most of your friends? Why did I just waste my time reading it? Am I more educated now about that particular subject because you stated your opinion that you are basing on one article that you read online (because we all know if it’s online, it must be the truth)? Nope. I’ve just lost 10 minutes of my day that could have been spent doing something productive and you’ve just pissed off a bunch of your friends.
How about the one friend that you have that is not a parent, giving parenting advice to anyone and everyone? What makes them the expert on any parenting matter? Is it that they spend the majority of their day reading their mom friends posts and now suddenly they know exactly how to raise a child? How can they be an expert on a subject that they haven’t studied or lived on a daily basis?
I know I can’t be alone. Speak up! What aggregates you?