Boredom and Anger

Do you write nine-page-long comments on social media? I was once one of you.

Sometime in 2013 or 2014, I mostly stopped doing this. It just lost its appeal.

I don't look down on people who do this.

But I know that for me, taking the time to full-on rant online meant I was either bored, or angry, or both.

I was really angry in my early twenties, for reasons I need not get into. I said a lot of mean stuff to displace that anger. And I think I spent way too much time on facebook just provoking people and ranting all day long.

I've calmed down. The world is still full of things that make a person angry. I don't begrudge anyone that.

But I try not to rant anymore. And it feels better.

I won't tell you what to do. I just know it was a change that was best for me.

The only time I get into arguments now is when white-guys-with-beards yell at me about Bernie. And frankly I'm kinda done paying attention to them. I actually have more pleasant conversations with Republicans.

Ranting rarely convinces anyone, I realized. And it doesn't make me feel better. So I stopped.

Peace and love,



Justin Gerald

Age: 28 Hometown: NYC Location: NYC Career: Education Undergrad: Princeton Grad: New School Likes: Cooking, Baseball, Socializing, Parks, Pop Culture, Feminism Loves: Traveling, Running, Lifting, Trivia, Teaching, Equality