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i am dan
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Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
Social media has been around a long time now, and it has definitely changed people who partake at least a little, sometimes a lot.

I've found that I seem to have an opinion on damn near everything these days, and I feel a strong need to type and post responses. This affects real life too. My first inclination in almost any discussion is to argue and debate, but I've always foundd debate fun and somewhat stimulating.

You're sitting there watching a video on youtube, and somebody says something that catches your ear, and you feel you need to comment on it.. Things like that.

Another thing is everything online seems to go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. We overreact and overly internalize everything.

Hell, many times I'll type out a response to something on here and delete it before posting. That gives me a feeling that I responded.. just typing it out.. makes me feel sad for myself a bit..

Not gonna lie... I come on here many times to overreact to bull shite as a means to vent. I've posted so much over-the-top bull shite.. My wife and I never argue. I don't argue with anyone really in real life. I leave that to this place...
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MorbidTheClown
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
yes


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Shexter
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
The world's first reaction to anything lately is overly defensive.


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Oilfieldbiology
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
Well in my opinion yes.


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gobuxgo5
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
We voice are opinions on everything in a very censored fashion though. It’s typically a politically correct version of yourself.

Edit: when anonymous not sure much haha. I was just thinking of Facebook or a place where your co workers see your personal stuff.
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i am dan
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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We voice are opinions on everything in a very censored fashion though. It’s typically a politically correct version of yourself.


You mean online or in real life?

Because I'm thinking our online personas are the opposite of our censored and politically correct selves.


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Slagathor
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
The opposite actually... it's made me more reserved.


I never knew the moronic worldview many of my older relatives had until it was shoved in my face one pixelated poorly-cropped meme at a time.



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scott8811
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
yes...as evidenced by the countless tik tok/instagram or whatever platform posts that come across like a lecture that no one asked for. It's made everyone feel valid, when very few people deserve to be


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HenryParsons
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Social media has been around a long time now



Myspace founded August 2003
Facebook founded February 2004
Twitter founded March 21, 2006
Instagram founded October 6, 2010


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GeauxTigerTM
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?


100%. In fact, it's now impossible to NOT say something about everything, since silence has been label as violence by a certain segment of idiots. It's why high profile people seem almost forced to comment on every fricking thing that happens every day, whether it's near their lane or not.

I really do miss a time when I had no idea what most people thought about most things.


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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
The best thing about the internet is everyone has a voice. The worst thing about the internet is everyone has a voice.


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Shexter
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TheFritz
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
Greater communication between people is probably one of the few upsides to social media. The problem is all the behind the scenes machinations. All the algorithms and experiments being actively run on people and how their moods can be effected and the general screwing up of peoples lives. It presents itself as this benign service but there is a ton going on behind the scenes. And you can bet they are aware of all of the problems it's causing.


i am dan
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Greater communication between people is probably one of the few upsides to social media. The problem is all the behind the scenes machinations. All the algorithms and experiments being actively run on people and how their moods can be effected and the general screwing up of peoples lives. It presents itself as this benign service but there is a ton going on behind the scenes. And you can bet they are aware of all of the problems it's causing.


Yeah, there's documentaries on that. Some good ones too. But I think that speaks to more of the google, facebook, youtube, etc where "recommended" content is chosen for you.

But even here, where there are no algorithms, we still do what we do. Here, we just click on threads. Nothing influences that other than OPs.
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Cotten
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Does social media condition us

Yes. Social Media is the biggest detriment to society this century. It gives a platform to those who prior to social media would’ve been immediately dismissed as idiotic; a majority of social media is an echo tank. shite that someone can say that is completely wrong can be taken and spread as info and fact. It’s hilarious to me how every stay at home Karen and every frycook at McDonalds suddenly has a law degree every time a shooting is published in the news and expects to be respected as some sort of expert.

Social media has crossed the line from a fantasy, made up world to the real world. People seem to forget it’s the internet, it’s basically an imaginary world. If more folks got the frick off of FaceBook, Twatter, Insta, etc and just talked to one another the world would be a much better place.


TheFritz
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
I find it interesting that despite living in a country that has freedom of speech there are people that try to keep others from speaking. Both the left and right engage in it. Unless you are putting other people in danger the impulse to shut people up is suspicious.


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Globetrotter747
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?

To a large extent, yes.

I prefer to do it on anonymous message boards like this one, though. You have to be careful with Facebook, etc., because you might offend your boss, a client, a customer, or someone else who might hold your opinions against you in a negative way.


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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
Jim Rome was before his time. He implored his listeners to "have a take and not suck." Now everybody with an internet connection feels like they must let their opinions be known. That's why there should be minimum age requirements (18) on all social media platforms.


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LSUfan20005
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re: Does social media condition us with the need to voice our opinion on everything?
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Another thing is everything online seems to go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. We overreact and overly internalize everything.


This is the big one for me. Often, by the time I learn of something making the rounds, everyone has already picked sides and the fight has begun. Then everyone HAS to get defensive to protect themselves and the cycle only intensifies.

When I first watched The Social Dilemma and they asked this expert "Where does this all lead?" and he answered "Civil War" - I laughed. Now I think he was spot on.


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