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Facebook political posts getting heated

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With only three weeks left until the election, you've probably noticed the number of political posts on your Facebook feed not only increasing, but getting more intense.

In fact, we're hearing a lot about people getting so irritated over all the posting, they're unfriending people!

"Sometimes you look in the comments and you see someone getting nasty back at them and you see fights brewing as a result," says Facebook user, Brendan Curtis.

In the days of social media, it's easy to say what you want, when you want to.
With a Presidential election just weeks away, political debates are getting contentious.

"I'm seeing some abrasion and some people are unfriending eachother. People decide, 'Well, I need to hide everything this person or this entity is talking about because I don't agree,'" says Dr. Jenny Armentrout, who teaches Communications at Saint Mary's.

While we all have the freedom to speak, Armentrout says, you should still have some level of etiquette.
For instance, think about what you're posting as if you were saying it to someone's face.

"At least I adhere to the adage, 'Put your mind in gear before you release the clutch on your mouth.' I think about really effectively listening, and allowing everyone to have some stake in the conversation,'" says Armentrout.

Armentrout adds, think about what's at stake.

For instance, how will your comments affect your relationships?

"This can really amount to a disaster, 'Ok, I've lost a friend over this,'" says Armentrout.

All the negatives aside, some Facebook users say there is a positive to political talk on social media.

"I see positives, like, Facebook more like messaging, 'hey let's get together and watch the debate.' so it's on the positive, but negatives, I try to stay away from it, so I don't see a lot of it," says Facebook user, David Dibley.

A couple other pointers Armentrout threw out: Try not to use a lot of exclamation points and all capital letters, and of course cut down on the profanity to avoid offending some of your Facebook friends.

You can always hide certain posts from your friends, and maybe reset the filters after the election.

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