It’s no secret that America is a divided nation. And while it might seem like talking about politics is the best way to fix the problem, it’s actually doing more harm than good. According to a recent study, Americans who talk about politics on social media are more likely to be angry and frustrated with the other side. This can lead to animosity and hostility, which is not good for our country. So why don’t we all just stop talking about politics? It might be better for our mental health – and the nation as a whole!
It used to be the case that men and women of good faith could disagree about politics without being disagreeable. But that was before social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook came along. Now, it seems like every day there’s a new fight brewing between people who share the same political beliefs. And while it might seem like engaging in these debates is the best way to come to a resolution, it’s actually having the opposite effect.
Indeed, “politics” itself isn’t really about ideas anymore. It’s about winning. It’s about scoring points off of your opponents and showing them that you’re right and they’re wrong. But at the end of the day, all this does is further divide us as a nation. So instead of trying to win the next argument, maybe we should all just take a step back and stop talking about politics altogether.
But how will we ever agree on the best policies for America’s future you ask? Well, that’s a good question. But one thing is for sure: we won’t be able to do it if we can’t even have a civil conversation with each other. So let’s take a break from the fighting and name-calling, and see if maybe, just maybe, we can start to find some common ground. After all, if we were really debating Roe v. Wade, we might find common ground. But we aren’t; instead , we’re just yelling at each other. And that’s not going to get us anywhere.
So next time you’re about to post a political rant on social media, ask yourself if it’s really worth it. Is it worth furthering the divide in our country? Or would it be better to just stop talking about politics altogether? It might not seem like it, but it just might be the best thing for America.
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