Saturday, July 10, 2010

A whiny post about whining

Lately I find myself wanting to avoid all social media. It started with IM a few months ago, and is spreading to Twitter and Facebook, which until my injuries, I was pulling away from. Why? Because of all the whining. It's become epidemic.

I originally became involved in these because I enjoyed the communication with friends, the laughter, and yes, the commiseration. I loved the daily contact with friends, hearing what they were up to, and making plans for get togethers. I loved the humorous stories of children, family, and pets. But in the last year, all of that seems to have taken on a darker tone. People viciously mocking others behind their back, constantly degrading family members. making fun of those whose grammar, lifestyle, or beliefs may not be on a level with their own, and others who are always looking for the negative in any interaction or situation. It seems to be more of a glass half empty outlook instead of a glass half full outlook.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it should be all puppies, roses, rainbows, and sunshine, everyone needs to vent now and then. I'd just like to see all my friends, family, co-workers, etc., have a little more joy in their lives. Lighten up, smile, go for a bike ride, have an ice cream, hug a kid, leave the negativity behind.

I think I'll go sit in the backyard now, and watch the grass grow.


At 10 July, 2010 14:06, Blogger Carolyn said...

I agree completely!!

At 10 July, 2010 14:32, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh. Can I blame the terrible twos? :P

At 10 July, 2010 15:03, Blogger Viv said...

Amen to that! Not that my posts and tweets are whine-free, but I've noticed a lot of negativity recently also. It's definitely a downer, but at the same time it reminds me to be more positive, and to think about the impact my words and actions have on others.

At 10 July, 2010 22:13, Blogger snarfdog said...

Thanks Carolyn.
Mari, no blame needed. You're posts are hilarious.
Viv, I'm with you. They have made me think a whole lot about what and how I post.
Toasting all of you with my 1/2 full glass. :)


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