The holidays are a great opportunity for family and friends to spend quality time together. However, this year has been extremely rough for social interaction. While some have found safe ways to visit family and friends, politics and COVID-19 have made life much more difficult for most.
Specifically in the United States, the 2020 election held high stakes. The further polarizing ideals the candidates touted have split families and torn friendships apart.
As a Democrat in an entirely Republican family, I cannot deny the results of the election have put a damper on the strength of my relationship with some family members.
While I recognize the importance for everyone to move past the time of seeing other political positions as enemies, it is nonetheless entertaining to see their often hyperbolic raw reactions. Call me what you will — an antagonizer or even a troll — but I find entertainment in their fury.
I am not the only one enjoying the drama, though.
Pop culture media site PopSugar published an article about election TikTok that explores the election-related content people have made since the start of 2020.
Many different trends started because of the ridiculous reactions many Republicans uploaded to TikTok.
It doesn’t stop there. President Donald Trump made a laughingstock of himself as well. His stern refusal to concede, and instead sue and lose, has also been fueling young Democrats on and off the internet.
When Trump took to Twitter to cry “Stop the count!” young voters formed protests across the nation, chanting “Count every vote!”
According to VOA News, which cites the National Election Poll and The Associated Press, young People of Color in most states supported president-elect Joe Biden.
Some Generation Zers have uploaded videos confronting their Republican family members, with a bit of confidence because of the results, and denounced them for voting for another four years under Trump.
Personally, I chose to remove my conservative family members from social media long before the election so I could avoid the misinformation they spread and any possible conflict.
Whether or not some would agree, social media is now a way for people to spark social change, display activism and support charity. The entertainment value of these political discourses and videos is priceless as well.
In 2018, Forbes published an article about this very idea. The article cites a report that states, “26% of Gen Zers have recently raised money for a cause and 32% of that number donated their own money. What’s more is 39% say that giving time and money to charity is a ‘measure of success.’”
Older generations discredit Gen Z for their attachment to social media and technology. It is important to understand the time spent online is not always just for pure entertainment.
Still, the holidays will present challenges for Gen Z Democrats who are around family and friends with opposing views, especially since the misinformation being spread about voter fraud seems to be echoed by Trump supporters more than anyone else.
As president-elect Joe Biden stated in his Nov. 9 victory speech, “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”
This will take time. As the nation heals from the events that happened under the Trump administration, destroyed family bonds will mend themselves as well. However, until the wound is fully healed, let the political arguments fly at dinner and the results speak for themselves. Merry confrontation, everyone.