When I first joined Facebook I was a serious FB snob.
I only accepted friend requests from people I knew. I held on to my fortified position for a really long time. Years and years. Then, at some point, I realized that more people into comics and art were finding my personal page than my “business” one. So I caved and went the way of every other artist I know. If the request didn’t look like spam, I accepted.
So now I don’t know, in any meaningful real-world way, most of my Facebook “friends.” And that’s okay.
Except for the comment snipers.
Snipers are the ones who never comment or like anything you post that’s meaningful to you. Art you make, life events, pictures of kids, achievements of any sort–they overlook those. Or maybe Facebook has decided they wouldn’t be in to them.
What they do show up for are the mildly “controversial” posts. Put up a meme or a statement they don’t like and BOOM they’re all over the comments.
I don’t mind debate at all. What I mind is when people ONLY show up for debate. What are we doing here? Why are we connected online if this is the only reason we’re here? Every positive, human, “friend-level” interaction is one big void.
Time for some purging. Maybe even time to be a snob again.1