Facebook is used by approximately 70% of adults. What began as a way to connect and reconnect with family and friends, share birthday announcements and cute kitty photos transitioned into a convenient method of expressing opinions about a variety of issues dear to us and become a foremost source of unreliable information. As of 2020, there are 2.6 billion monthly active Facebook users. Issues that were once considered “personal” are now open and available for public consumption and comment on social media platforms.
This is an election year so maybe it’s not strange that there is such a predilection to political posts. A quick perusal of Facebook posts and comments show that even topics like science, medicine, pharmacology, psychology, epidemiology, health and wellness and finance, are now interpreted as being political.
Let’s take a look at why we often post (engage) in political discourse on social media (Pro) and then why it might not be such a hot idea (Con). Disclosure: I am not an American Citizen; not a Democrat and not a Republican. I am an independent, free thinker. I have friends on both sides of the political aisle.