How Political Should You Get With Facebook Friends?

As the Nov. 6 election nears, political discussion is getting heated. How much do you share of your political opinions with your Facebook friends?


Maybe you're a die-hard Democrat, and you think President Obama staged a needed comeback during his debate with Mitt Romney last night.

Or maybe you're a staunch Republican, and you think Romney scored another victory against the President.

Do you share these opinions with your Facebook friends?

Maybe you shouldn't, suggests a recent article on Boston.com. People of all political leanings told the Globe they're learning too much about their friends' and relatives' attitudes.

The article is informed by data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The study found that 18 percent of Facebook users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden a friend because of political differences or a distaste for the sheer volume of the friends’ political posts.

[And if you'd rather keep your friends, but skip their political views, Lifehacker.com recently posted this article on how to block political posts on Facebook.]


JohnstonPatch Asks You: Where do you stand on sharing your political or personal beliefs on Facebook? Have you argued with a friend because of this? How much is too much? Or, do you think that all political debate is healthy? Tell us in the comments.


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