I’ve never been one to deny that I am sensitive, emotional and have a tendency to over-react, but there are times when it is necessary for me to make choices supported by all three of those personality traits. (Especially when it pertains to Internet friendships.)
Recently, I’ve been evaluating the productiveness of my digital relationships and have come to a personal conclusion that if interaction with a follower, subscriber or friend, produces an uncomfortable tension that cannot be resolved or frequently occurs, the association with them should end. This may seem extreme to those who prefer to stay “friends” with everyone regardless of the negative differences between you, but I am not one of those people.
My Internet experience is a personal one. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are places that I visit for enjoyment and to express myself creatively, honestly and share bits and pieces of my life with other like-minded people. Now, don’t get me wrong, I certainly appreciate the opinions and ideas of others, but when those opinions translate into a pointless tug-of-war game of opposing viewpoints and misunderstandings it becomes counterproductive to the reason I am on the Internet in the first place.
Fortunately, as a result of a few recent tug-of-war battles, I am learning to distance myself emotionally from the “words of strangers.” (Internet friends I’ve never met) This doesn’t mean I don’t care about my digital friends….it just means that “reality” is where I am sitting when the computer is shut off.