On 10/10/2021, I will be purging some of my Facebook friends. I wish to cut out some contagious negativity, unnecessary arguments, oversharing, and the noise generated by and from random stuff “friends” masquerading as experts in all areas of human endeavors.
Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, LinkedIn and many others are and can be a great way to learn, share, and interact with people you know and extended networks of people you don’t especially during these pandemic times when the World is expected to continue social distancing. But surely, at my age and anyone above 40+1 etc., should not be proud to really be seeing everything from the niece’s best friend’s boyfriend’s mother’s Ben 10 (younger boyfriend) or bally (Sugar Daddy). It does not help anyone in any way.
Incidentally, those with affinity and propensity to spiritedly argue (and vehemently defend the indefensible) and want to stamp their unqualified, self-acclaimed, self-imposed wisdom, with delusions of possessing a monopoly of knowledge and authority masquerading as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in all fields ranging from nuclear/quantum physics to Political image building, Banking/Finance to National Tenders/Bill of Quantities in construction, Aqua fish farming to Mining Deals, tax avoidance/tax evasion to civil engineering, political defections/elections to criminal economics, Governance/Policy to Global History, Northern Circuit Tourism to Financial Intelligence Center Reports, Efficacy and Expired Medicine/Pharmaceutical products to Import Cover deficits, via covid-19 to Intangible heritage and Sangomas all the way to Voter registration and Religious matters in between. From the Papacy to Cult Leaders. Please self-introspect as social media could be poignant right now until 2026. Many of the things shared may not be very accurate after all.
Sometimes the friends we have on Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp can have opinions that are divergent and we would rather not see. While they have every constitutional right to voice their opinion, we also reserve and have every right to decide whether to see, listen, read and indeed to remove them from our News Feed. It is for our own peace of mind and maintaining our slightly above normal blood pressure and migraine headaches. I hope you are not one of the potential casualties after 10/10/2021. It is a New Dawn. New dispensation. Stay safe and be blessed.