Yesterday I spent an entire day without seeing, thinking, or reading anything about Donald Trump—and it was awesome. Of course by reading this you may have broken your own Trump-free streak, but perhaps after reading this you will consider scrolling past the small-hands man the next time he appears on your news feed. Here’s 3 reasons why you should.
1. It helps him win. As many popular posts online have shown, Trump is popular because people watch, read, tweet, and argue about him constantly on the internet. This is because the things he says are insane. And famous, insane, rich guys running for presidency makes really good television. He is the ultimate train-wreck of a human being, but we have to find a way to ignore it.
2. It Makes You a Part of the Problem. You might be thinking, “but Levi, shouldn’t I be speaking my voice to say that I disagree with his policies?” Maybe with your friends in person, but public participation online gives his actions more impact. By sharing your anger and frustration you are giving his supporters the reactions they are looking for, and pushing the conversation to continue.
3. It Makes You Feel Awful. By putting yourself in the negative environment that follows Trump, you are putting yourself in a bad mood. By cutting the Trump, you will find your perspective on life is a lot less jaded. Maybe take that time you would have spent infuriated in front of your computer, and go do literally anything not Trump related.
Yes, you can argue that this is a passive aggressive, head-in-the-sand mentality. But it will do no good to perpetuate the cycle of trump negativity, and it may actually be harmful to your health to engage with it.
If you really feel like you can’t handle the pressure of his big stupid face all over your news feed, at the very least you can make it funny with John Oliver’s “make Donald Drumpf again” Google Chrome plug in. This handy little extension replaces the word “Trump” with “Drumpf” everywhere it is found on your browser, making his news at least a bit less depressing.
If you have any other ideas of how to combat Trumperia, Trumpression, Trumpophobia, leave them in the comments below.