No News, no comment.

A couple of days ago, I logged onto Facebook and decided to unlike the majority of the news sites I followed on it. The result: I feel so much better for having done it.

It had been a long time coming. Day after day I had gone onto there, saw the news stories that had clogged up my feed and had found myself feeling everything from sadness to disappointment to anger. Not so much at the stories themselves (however, yes there have been a lot of awful stuff going on this year), but more at the comments that were attached to each of the stories. For as anyone who ventures onto Facebook knows, the average news item usually has a stream of comments from people who are at best ignorant and at worst, completely unpleasant human beings – especially if those news stories happen to include the words “Brexit”, “Trump”and “extremists”. Such contributions often include the use of the words “leftie”, “leftard”, “libtard” and “remoaners” in order to insult ones giving opposing views. To have compassion for others is seen as a bad thing, and the likes of Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins are heralded as heroes. The whole level of intellectual debate in the average Facebook news post is anything but intellectual, to the point that if any of the angry mob who populate them were to engage in debate with a member of a high school debating society the latter would wipe the floor with them. That’s if the former not already been kicked out of the debate for insulting their opponent (if you have to resort to insults, you’ve lost the argument. Perhaps the only thing Margaret Thatcher said that most of us can agree with).

I occasionally commented on stories, and while I didn’t get a barrage of abuse for being a pro-EU, left leaning, feminist-ey liberal type (in fact, I did get a few likes for my comments), I did feel a bit uneasy later on. I didn’t wade in to get into slanging matches with people, I just wanted to give my opinion on an issue and hope that there was someone who would, if they did disagree, be respectful of my opinion, as I would they. Unfortunately in the world of Facebook and social media at large, this is a very rare occurence. Even I’ve bordered on the verge of trolling in the past – who hasn’t?

 

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I was getting tired how the news posts and the comments attached to them were making me feel, so I chose to stop following them. Already I feel less angry and sad about how people are. Sure I’m still down about what’s going on in the world, but by cutting it out of my Facebook feed I feel a little bit better. Let’s face it, in an age of 24 hour rolling news, be it on TV or online, we are being bogged down with information and it isn’t healthy for us, at all. In fact, it could be argued that the state of comments on Facebook, and on news stories across the internet are highlighting just how unhealthy it all is. We could all do with cutting down our news intake now and again, for the sake of our wellbeing.

I plan to mute any news accounts I follow on Twitter next.

Rubbish

I don’t feel as though I have the time to do this these days. Either that, or I just don’t have the urge to do it. Like with a lot of things at the moment, I don’t seem to have the same amount of enthusiasm for them as I used to.

There is nothing worse than losing the feeling that something you enjoy gives you. It hurts when listen to your favourite music, or engage in your favourite hobby, only for them to not make you happy like they used to. And it’s not like you don’t like them anymore, it’s just that…well you don’t really know why. All you know is that nothing seems to excite you anymore. It feels harder being able to show enthusiasm for anything. Like that video game you pre-ordered and were so looking forward to playing, only for you to leave it in its box when it arrived, not playing it for days after you got it.

This is how I’m feeling at the moment and I don’t like it.

A Reminder

Today you may have woken up to the news you weren’t expecting.

Today you might well be thinking that the world isn’t as great as it was yesterday.

You might well be wishing that you could erase what has happened today from your memory. Indeed, you might want to erase the entire year so far from your memory.

And you’re probably feeling like….well….shit.

But no matter how awful things seem, and how you’re wishing that you were no longer living on this planet, it’s important to remember that there is still good in the world, that there is a glimmer of hope in even the deepest darkness and there are still things that are worth fighting for.

The awfulness will only win if we let it get to us.

Be excellent to each other.

Hibernate

I feel like I should be in bed all the time. I’d be happier if I was. I swear we would all be happier, healthier and less likely to be dicks to each other if hibernation was a thing that humans did. I mean, look at Donald Trump (or The Fart, as he is known in my house). There’s a guy in need of a very long nap. It might make him a nicer person – Ok maybe not entirely, but it might at least make him want to ditch the bad hair, fake tan and vile rhetoric. The Brexiters on social media could benefit from a long lie in too. Being a hateful person must be exhausting, musn’t it?

Pokemon progress

If there’s one thing I’ve found out since playing Pokemon Go, it’s that plenty of the same Pokemon seem to creep up in all the time. In my case, it’s Pidgeys and Rattatas. Zubats pop up a lot too, but I don’t have many of those as they’re so bloody hard to catch (the one I caught the other day was a lucky shot, to be honest).

All I really want is to catch a Psyduck. Is that too much to ask?

NEW BLOG!

Hi, so in an attempt to get myself blogging more often and getting a few more ideas for projects and stuff, I have set up a new blog. Because it’s not like I don’t have enough blogs knocking about in cyberspace already.

No really, the new one is a bit different to this one, as (a) I aim to post on it every day and (b) I am going to update it completely through my smartphone and tablet. Okay I will most likely be doing the theme and other admin tweaks on my computer as doing that stuff on my iPhone is a bit fiddly, as I found out last night when I set it up, but all the actual blogging is being done on my mobile devices.

There are a couple of posts up there already, if you want to have a look here’s the link: www.thedailylyns.wordpress.com If you really like it, give it a follow if you want.

Oh and don’t worry, I’m not giving up this one!