Blocking someone on social media has to be one of the saddest and most empowering thing ever.
As someone who's been blocked by others before as a result of trivial high school drama or otherwise, I used to think it was hilarious that someone would sit there and block me but as I've gotten into my "adult" years I've realized why people block others - nowadays anyways.
1. The internet is our lives.
Most of us spend upwards of a third of our day on social media. Now, if you still want to argue that really think about how many times you get on Instagram a day just to refresh, or click through stories, or mess with the new filters? I realize now that because social media is our lives, having anyone who we don't like impeding on it sucks.
2. It's for the best.
With my recent break up, I've found myself constantly checking in, profiles, stories, everything that I can just to feel closer to them. Truth is, I can't. There's no way to feel "closer" to them through the internet. So I decided to block them. While blocking someone has such a negative connotation, I feel like it's healthiest for me at the moment - and that's okay.
3. Offensive or otherwise content
I know many people my age who still actively block their parents and family members from certain profiles they have or specific posts. While that was something I did in my earlier years of being connected, I figure I'm 20 years old, hell, I'm a person and I deserve that freedom to post what I'd like on my social media (to an extent) and while I don't understand why other 20 year olds still have to actively hide things from their parents, I will say that it's probably for a good reason. I don't know what's going on in their family or why they feel the need but I know that sure sucks.
4. People you love having opposing views
A best friend of mines parent(s) are raging Trump supporters and during the election, I consistently got "pro-trump" propaganda on my timeline. I knew these people for years and I even called them mom and dad. It was so crazy to me that they supported him and really couldn't deal with not only the stupidity but the betrayal I felt. I blocked them. There's been lots of talk about whether it's immature or not to block someone because of their political views but all I have to say to that is it's my account and I can do with it what I want...
But it poses a really thick question to me, and everyone else who's ever blocked someone.
... what does that mean for real life? Will we ever be able to deal with people with opposing views in person? Will families know their kids less and less because how easy it is to hide online?
Social media has made it so easy for us to filter what and who we see as well as rid ourselves of anything that doesn't fit into that category.
How do we deal with each other in real life?
Each day we get on average 23 hours, 53 minutes, and 4 seconds to make it something we're proud of.