reply to post by thepixelgarden
Don't get me wrong...I understand where you are coming from, as I have been on both sides of the fence. If I find something interesting, out in the
vast world of information, I like to share it with someone (and often, at least I think, they are glad I did). Likewise, I've had many people show me
a wide variety of material, some that interested me, some that did not. Most of the time it depended on my overall mood, and how receptive I was, at
the time. I think it is a basic trait of human nature to want to share the things you like, with the folks that you like. And, no matter how sad it
may seem, many folks get a sense of validation, if you agree with their choices, or their lil feelers hurt, if you don't. Personally, I try to shy
away from emotionally identifying with anything that is external, knowing that my emotions are mine, and mine, alone, but everybody has a different
way of grasping their world, and I cannot fault them.
Besides, what you describe others doing (that, I should mention, seems to upset you, for some reason...do you not care about the people that are
behaving in this way?) is the way humans pass information, and benefit and learn from each other. Failing that, it at least forms a point of
communication, that can be used, and assist in deepening the bond with that person, be they spouse, friend, or acquainted.
The other side seems stranger to me. To not be open to whatever others wish to share, and to take it for whatever you can get out of it. Did you ever
stop to think maybe they are trying to start a needed dialogue with you, trying to show you something they hope you will respond to, so the talk can
begin, but only if YOU bring it up?
You have basically just complained about the way things go 'viral'. It starts with one, and exponentially blossoms into a phenomena, if it passes
enough. I don't think any attempt to socialize in this world that is trending towards isolation, should be discarded or viewed as sheer annoyance.
Just my three cents worth.