It’s a story that’s been playing out on Facebook and Twitter with growing frequency among friends, family members, colleagues and acquaintances as an already contentious presidential campaign between Romney and President Barack Obama enters its final, frenzied weeks. Your close friends may share your political views, but that eccentric uncle, former co-worker or high school classmate may not.
Nearly one-fifth of people admit to blocking, unfriending or hiding someone on social media over political postings, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The biggest gripes: The offending person posted too often about politics, disagreed with others’ updates, or bothered mutual friends with partisan political postings.
In five years of using Facebook, I’ve only blocked one person … and it was this Fall. This wasn’t an election-related block, though; it was just that I ultimately got tired of someone I didn’t really know trolling the comments of every post in my Facebook feed.
How many people have you blocked in 2012 due to election-related issues?
Just changed my political persuasion on FB to “Calm Down” in direct reference to stuff like this. Seriously, you will survive if someone disagrees with you.