- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
I PM the person I’m mad at and suggest we go to counseling.
I love that this post started out asking how you deal with bees “beeing” (sorry, I could NOT help myself!) nasty, and everyone is, in turn, being nasty. What a world!
I deal with it with wine.
For most the threads like the hypothetical question that ruffled some feathers, I just shrug my shoulders and go to another thread but for the ones that deal with transphobia, homophobia, racism or sexism, I will usually stick my nose in there and get a little more involved. I don’t really think that an argument on the internet is as harmless as we like to say it is, especially when it comes to social justice. There are people typing at those keyboards hypothetically discussing situations that are very real to some people who don’t have the luxury of closing the browser and walking away from the conversation. I don’t see the point of getting terribly upset about a cash bar vs open debate but I do understand that not all internet arguments are harmless.
TV doesn’t stress me out. lol except when I’m all of a sudden afraid I broke DH’s prized possession!
I find a lot of stuff to be quite hot-button, especially politics and other news, but don’t let it actually cause me stress. If I feel strongly enough about something on TV that it is likely to cause stress, I go do something about it. So if I’m stressed about a rash of home invasions in the area, I look into ways to better secure my home, and if I see a story about a natural disaster that makes me feel helpless or powerless, I donate or find a way to help locally. I totally enjoy certain shows, especially high-suspense ones, but don’t take it seriously enough that it causes me stress or makes me have problems sleeping. It’s only TV. And there are some shows that I think are just too intense, like the new Panic 9-1-1 one (which I think is in really questionable taste, too) and I just avoid them.
On here, if I feel myself becoming flabbergasted by someone’s beliefs (because I’m guessing it’s the religion/politics/social issues threads more likely to turn stressful rather than Help Me Pick My Menu threads) I try to engage in healthy but respectful debate, but my hope is usually to help educate someone who may just be observing, as I realize that people are passionate on some of these topics and I’m not likely to change the mind of someone who is taking a really adamant, vocal stance on the opposing side.
We’re surrounded by all this sensory input. It’s constant. It’s really important to develop a healthy relationship with TV, computers, ipads, you name it. They can absolutely take over your lives if you let them!
I also try to give people the benefit of the doubt. They may just not know how to put their thoughts into words or they are just being misunderstood.
and yes it is very easy for these things to take over one’s life, so I completely understand when people get heated about things. I don’t lose sleep over it (I don’t know if anyone actually does, but I could be wrong!!) I don’t get those feelings that “all hope is lost in this world”….but I do fume about it for a short period of time, in all honesty!
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