If your post begins with “I hate to discuss politics, but….” the part that comes after “but” has a high likelihood of eliciting the reaction described in the photo above, from your friends.
(And not only because you’ve planted the suggestion of “hating it” in your listener’s mind even before you get your rant out.)Hate talking politics? They’ll hate when you do it.
Here’s the thing…
We’ve shared our simple rules for political positivity a number of times.
So let us add one more thing:
You Don’t Have To Discuss It With EVERYBODY.
Believe it or not.
The whole world does not need to know!!!!!!
Keep it close – there should be maybe 10-15 people you speak about the election with regularly.
Perhaps in direct message, occasionally in a low-key or strictly analytical way on your wall/discussion thread, or theirs.
Maybe offline together – like, in person.
Some will support the same candidate you do, some will be waaaaaaaaay on the other side.
Love ’em all.
Relish the similarities and differences because it makes for exciting discussion.
But to be very direct – there really are only 10-15 people you will likely find it valuable to have these kinds of conversations with at an in-depth level. Chances are,
You Can Easily Identify Your “10-15 People Brain Trust” Today – And You Should.
You know who they are.
They know who they are.
They’ll take it as a high compliment.
Try it.Do your political views matter on social media?