It is election time and friends and family members are at war not against politicians or over the economy, but at war over supporting candidates who they believe will balance the future of America. Comments are being thrown around like verbal agents of political warfare against the policies of President Obama and Gov. Romney, especially more-so on the debate nights. With the second debate in a town hall forum freshly on the minds of Americans a Facebook poll on my page was created polling those who have otherwise gotten into heated battles with friends and loved ones. The shocker is 35 percent of those polled indicated they have lost friends due to the presidential election.
This problem isn’t just experienced with my roughly 1,700 person audience on my page. This problem is running rampant for all of Facebook per a research study from January through February of 2012. According to the Pew Research Center political opinions are affecting roughly 38 percent of Facebook users with one in ten users blocking someone over posting too frequently on political situations. However, the number of self-reported users from a Facebook page poll conducted after the second round of presidential debates shows that perhaps this number might be a bit higher than thought as the clock races down to election day.
It seems the general conscientious is concern for the current economy; including jobs and healthcare being major trending posts. These commonly debated topics in today’s turbulent times have also been heavily debated by the candidates themselves as women asked about wages and college kids asked about jobs during the second round of presidential debates in Hempstead, New York. Another big topic posted on Facebook has been regarding new taxes and in regards to the Gov. Romney proposed tax cuts for the middle class and removal of credits in lieu of what democrats label as an unclear plan. During a debate that took place between some Facebook users one believed American people should not get EIC and other tax credits while one believed in socialism and controlling the top one percent. This argument blew out of proportion emotions between differing opinions and resulted with the two individuals blocking and deleting one another; a friendship online since 2010. This isn’t an isolated incident.
Poignant political emotions ranging from mistrust and anger have sparked highly explosive debates. Friends who have known each other since elementary school bicker over Gov. Romney’s tax plans down to Obamacare. They argue over women’s health and birth control mandates for insurance companies. If it is political and a hot topic there is plenty mudslinging and arguments from both democratic and republican supporters. Every morning Facebook users awaken as other Facebook friends pollute the news feeds littered with political pictures of Big Bird crying or Obama funnies.
Facebook and social networking has changed the face of politics. It was once more common in prior times to not know who all your high school fellow alumni voted for or even who your own relatives voted for. Like religion politics becomes another combat zone filled with emotions and heavily heated opinions. It is no wonder realizing your favorite friends have differing opinions has otherwise shocked 38 percent of Facebook users. As election day moves closer into the public sights will more individuals lose more friends over Facebook politics? One other question also remains will Facebook users kiss and make up or continue to be enemies after the 2012 presidential election is behind America? One thing is for certain with the internet bringing people together this goes to show it can also divide when things turn ugly. Facebook politics have became so important they can put a wedge between friends and family for 35 percent of Facebook users.