Hello everyone! I’m sure you, like me, use the internet for a variety of things including Christmas shopping, communicating with people and checking the weather. With the election results a few days ago, I’m sure you’ve no doubt noticed a change in tone and a general animosity between people of differing opinions.
It’s reached into sublime territory where people are now arguing when somebody posts an inspirational meme about rabbits.
If you’re looking to once again use the internet without immediately becoming frustrated with what everyone is saying and throwing your keyboard out the window, I have some handy-dandy tips for you.
GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media was a bad idea. We shouldn’t have given everybody and their cat the opportunity to spread their inner thoughts to everyone else. The experiment has failed. It’s like when radio stations do segments where they let listeners call in and say something. You then realize that the average American citizen has the thinking capacity of a grapefruit. Let’s end everything and just go back to conversing around the water cooler.
STOP GOING TO WWW. THISWEBSITEWILLCONFIRMEVERYSINGLEWORLDVIEWYOUHAVE.COM
I’m stupid. I admit this. I don’t know everything about the world or how things go on. Throw a chainsaw in my hand and I’m liable to chop my leg off. Ask me to stock the shelves at Sety’s Ace Hardware and you soon won’t be able to find anything. We don’t know everything so can we please stop acting like it. Your world view is wrong, plain and simple because you won’t be able to know everything and you won’t be able to cover every subject perfectly. So take a chill pill and listen to what other people in different walks of life have to say.
Conversation pro tip: it’s okay to say you don’t know or you hadn’t heard of that news story. If it doesn’t match up with your world view don’t take it like a personal insult, how the heck were you supposed to know?
THERE’S STILL GOOD STUFF ON THE INTERNET
Like photos of puppies and kittens and whatnot.
IF IT MAKES YOU MAD, IT PROBABLY ISN’T TRUE
Or it’s taken out of context. Or it’s reported wrong. Or you’re being lied to. Or somebody is trying to sell you something. Think of memes, Facebook videos and tweets like the traveling salesmen of the internet, don’t trust them. They’re trying to get a rise out of you. Approach stories with skepticism now unless you can confirm or research it.
HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE
This works! It’s called talking. It works a lot better than calling someone a libtard or bigot over Facebook.
REMEMBER THERE IS TWO SIDES TO A STORY. SOMETIMES THREE. SOMETIMES FOUR
Ask four people how something happened right in front of them and you’re probably going to get four different stories.
GET OFFLINE FOR A WHILE
Go outside, we’re having like 60-degree days or something like that in November. Deers, Elk and trees don’t try and start an argument over presidential elections.