This past week, I deactivated my Facebook account. This is something I’ve been considering since 2015, when it became apparent to me that Donald Trump would be the Republican Candidate for President of the United States (Something I knew in Spring of 2015, months before the Republican Convention).
I understand there are people who wish I had not deactivated that account. I understand there are people who can’t understand why I deactivated that account. And I understand most people, being human, and following the normal patterns of social behavior, will shrug, and continue on as if nothing has changed. I also understand there are a few who will think, “Finally. That idiot shut the fuck up.”
I am a clinically certified Autistic. I live on the Autism Spectrum. Where most people can ignore things around them, and in fact, seem to be quite talented at seeing only that which they wish to see, that is an ability that I do not have.
If it is there, I see it. If it is there, I’m aware of it, even if I don’t want to be.
Since 2015, social media has exploded with every topic of interest to everyone, and to anyone. There’s politics, health care, education, ethics, women’s rights, black people’s rights, male privilege, white male privilege, the list is virtually endless.
And I can’t shut it out.
So, I’ve deactivated my facebook account, and that’s shut a sizable chunk of it out. A chunk I’m no longer receiving endless exposure to.
At the same time, I have not shut down on Twitter. Despite the face that Twitter has endless discussions of the same topics.
This is because Twitter allows me the ability to do the same thing as I have done with Facebook, without having to close my account. Twitter lets me mute words. Any word I mute, if that word shows in a post from anyone, anywhere, that post does not show up on my Twitter feed.
You may call me a snowflake all you wish. You may tell me I’m exercising my white male privilege. You may tell me I’m part of the problem, because I refuse to discuss the problem.
I know this truth. I’m brutally aware of these topics. I live with them each day. I don’t need others beating me relentlessly over the head with them.
What follows is the list of words I have currently muted on Twitter. I fully expect this list to grow every few weeks, as topics end up flooding Twitter with endless discussions I lack the ability to ignore. When that happens, I have to enlist the assistance of Twitter to help me cope with the problem, and help me manage how much exposure I get to such topics.
It’s a tool. I intend to keep using it. If Facebook had a similar tool, I’d use it there. Facebook doesn’t. So, I’ve shut down on Facebook, to achieve the same effect I have achieved on Twitter with muted words.
If the words in this list piss you off, you are welcome to stop following me, block me, whatever you need to do to keep your sanity.
MY LIST OF MUTED WORDS ON TWITTER. 03/10/2019