Good morning, blog buddies. This post is informal, just some thoughts as I start my day and drink my coffee:
Do you practice opinion checking? Something happens, and you feel the need to know how others are reacting. You ask: How does your opinion (or reaction) compare to the zeitgeist? Are there other points to consider? What’s on the grapevine? Have you heard the word on the street? (Or: word on the tweet?)
The Supreme Court ruled… what are people saying?
This new TV show is great… what are people saying?
Coronavirus cases are spiking in several states… what are people saying?
It’s amusing, this little compulsion of mine. Something newsworthy happens and I instantly want to know what “the world thinks.” Nevermind that social media isn’t the world. And nevermind that viral reactions aren’t the best way to orient ones thinking. Absent all logic, the gossip-craving monster inside me wants to know … what are people saying?
So I take my opinion and I check it against the opinion-slurry on Twitter. It’s become a habitual thing. Opinion checking.
I suspect my opinion-checking compulsion is half evolutionary psychology (homo sapiens are social creatures, comparison is one way we align ourselves within a peer group) and half a well-trained dopamine loop from too many years spent on social media.
It’s no big deal though. Now that I’ve noticed and named this grubby little habit I can dismiss it. I can read a bit of news from a trusted source, form an educated opinion on it, and not give two shits about what the twitterverse thinks. How refreshing! ☺️
Have a good one, blog buddies. It’s Thursday, and I’ve got about 7 chapters left to write in the first draft of Power Play. It’s exciting times in this brain of mine. Much danger! Much drama! I can’t wait to get this story out into the world.