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Blocking

Blocking

I take blocking on  Facebook serious.  I don’t block people because I disagree with them, or because I don’t like them.  Blocking people for behaving like jerks online is what I do.  They may be the most delightful person face-to-face, but when they turn in to an ugly monster online, I block them.

Last night I woke in the middle of the night with the impression to block 3 friends.  Yes, they are friends, but not the Facebook type of “Friends” anymore.  The impression was strong.

I signed on to Facebook, ready to do it, and thought… I should pray about this.  So, I did.  I prayed about it and felt even stronger that it was the right thing to do.  I don’t know why I simply felt blocking them was the right thing to do.

Jerks

When I say behaving like jerks, here’s what I consider to be a jerk…

  • Trolling – this is at the type of my list.  This is a form of cyber-bullying that I won’t tolerate anymore.  It can be innocuous as simply replying in disagreement to every comment specific people make, or as outright as calling people names.
  • Cussing – use the F-word, and you’re blocked.  There is no place for that word — EVER.  There are a few others I have on the don’t use list.
  • Intentionally insulting – Here’s an example, a guy in a group camera group I belong to said everyone who voted for Trump can’t read big words.  I responded letting him know I felt his comment was beneath him and that he was better than that.  (And, I did not vote for Trump!)  His response was even more insulting.   I blocked him.
  • Constantly perpetuation false information – There are few people who spread the dumbest stuff around.  If it is dangerous to people’s health, and they do it often, I’ll block them.  I also block them if the information is slandering someone.
  • Pure Evil – if someone does something that’s pure evil, and I don’t need to enumerate on evil, I will immediately block them.  I see supporting evil as bad as doing it.  I’ve blocked people for death threats against others, as well as agreeing with someone who has made such a threat.

Where I Draw the Line

I draw the line with going beyond disagreement by making it personal.  When someone takes a disagreement and uses their position to belittle or intimidate, that’s where the person now put themselves in one of my above categories.

Yes, I may have been guilty of doing this myself, but I’ve worked on disciplining myself to avoid doing it.  There are times I want to say, “You’re an idiot,” but I don’t.  I’m even working on not thinking it, because if I don’t think it, I won’t say it.

What Makes Me Sad

What makes me sad is when I block a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We are taught to behave better than that.  The scriptures teach to avoid contention.

Years ago I recall seeing a bumper sticker on a car in the church parking lot.  (This was in California.)  It was contentious and vulgar.  I think the bishop might have talked to the person because a few weeks later, you can see where they scratched the sticker off the car.  It left an ugly mark.

It makes me sad because some of these people are unknowingly leaving ugly marks because of their posts on social media.

Ice Cream Sale

Ice Cream Sale

An ice cream sale is my kind of sale.  I stopped at Breen’s to get some peppers and swung by the frozen section.  They had one of the premium brands on sale for $2.50 a carton.

Heck, yeah.  I bought some.

Blocking Idiots

I posted on Facebook that I block idiots, and the fact that people are reading my post says they are not on my idiot list.   Interesting comments.

What constitutes an idiot in my opinion?

  1. Internet trolls – people who go looking for an argument and never say anything nice in response to a post.
  2. Those who support evil – I can tolerate opinions regarding people’s views on evil practices, however, when someone makes it their crusade to embrace evil and campaign for it, I block them. (Hmmm… campaign for it sounds political, but I’m not talking about politics.)
  3. People who constantly push stupid ideas – This is a tough one, and I’ve weeded most of them out.  These are people who one day will say baking soda cures cancer.  The next day they will say salt (or epson salts) and vinegar works as well as Roundup.  Comes winter they will say you can heat an entire room with 4 tea candles.  Yes, they are gullible, but please… I don’t want to see this stuff every time I peek into Facebook.

I don’t “hate” these people, but I do greatly dislike what they post.  The only way Facebook provides to remove these from my sight is by blocking them.

Does this mean I have thin skin?

Well, that’s subjective.  It’s more like I have high blood pressure and I’m trying to keep it down.  It wastes my time to see this stuff.

How is it working?

It’s working great.  I still see an occasional post from a friend or two that falls in to one of those categories.  However, I don’t block them because they don’t make it their daily routine to do these things.

For example, if someone says socialism is great, fine.  They have a stupid idea in my opinion.  However, if every one of their posts is to campaign for socialism and convince others socialism is great, then I block them.

It works great.

Blocking

Blocking

My daughter and I were talking about blocking people on Facebook.  A friend of one of my daughters posted this:
 
“I think social media has become something different than what I now enjoy participating in. It’s full of hate, ignorant and intolerant comments, re-posting of memes rather than personal comments and thoughts, and people’s desperate attempts to get “likes” or find self value because they want to be validated online or go “viral”. While I certainly laugh at a good meme or shared video, I feel like social media has become more about political agendas, pushing propaganda, and perpetuating division among my friends and family, and
 
“I’m no longer OK with that.
 
“I want to know how you are doing. I want to see pictures and videos of your family, kids, friends, and what adventures you are on together. I want to hear about how you are doing good in the world to make it a better place. I want to see and hear about your personal hobbies and passions or hear about how you finally got that job you’ve been working your butt off to get, or self improve to be a better person.
 
“We can all do better. We can contribute more to society than internet memes and trolling comments. As I scroll through my news-feed for the next few weeks, I will be removing those people from my friends list that don’t offer my life positive value. It’s nothing personal, and you can always reach out to me through email or my cell phone. I just don’t want to be part of the negativity on Facebook anymore. Life is seriously so short already. I choose to be happy and I’m now choosing to only fill my social media with positive people who lift me up, and not those who spread contention. So please don’t take being unfriended personally. We can still be friends in real life. (Which is more important anyways).”
 

I Couldn’t Have Said It Any Better

 
Over the last year in order to make social media a better experience I’ve blocked a lot of people. Some were people I didn’t know (perhaps friends of friends? Why I saw their feed, is beyond me.) and others were friends.
 
The number 1 reason I’ve had for blocking people is this…
 
Trolling – people who seek out people and post argumentative or defamatory to their posts. The never congratulate the person on achievements, nor do they engage in positive discussion. They seem to be on FB simply to stir-the-pot, as they say.
 
Number 2 reason – Lots of profanity. I might let certain words pass once or twice, but as soon as I see a person’s post with F this and F that, it’s block this!
 
Number 3 reason – embracing evil. Yeah, that’s open to a lot of interpretation, but when it is constant in-your-face stuff that goes against common decency and civility, I don’t want to see it. (I think this has only happened a couple of times. Both times I didn’t know who the person was and we had very few common friends on FB.)