Block and mute early
Block and mute often
Do it for reasons that are entirely "selfish"
No one is entitled to your attention
There will not be a test
Nothing bad happens if you don't hear them
Too many techbros? Mute 'em all
That one guy's jokes need a CW? Your timeline can be full of other stuff
You can even mute that one person's boosts while keeping their posts
It's not censorship; you're not hurting that person
And you don't ever need to explain it or tell anyone
My own personal rule (that I break sometimes, but whatevs you're not the boss of me):
I click "mute conversation" after the *first* Reply Guy and I don't look back
If it's the kind of thing where it attracts That Kind of Attention, nothing good will come of me listening to them explaining my joke to me or well-actuallying me, or giving me unsolicited advice
Last thought on this I promise
(Until I need to bang this drum again; it's something we need to be reminded about periodically)
Anyone who non-ironically uses the term "echo chamber" to describe people doing self-care is a troll who you can safely block and mute
It's a big jump to go from the legit observation that echo chambers exist, i.e. "right-wing trolls only listen to other fashy people" all the way over to "and that's why you must listen to every reply guy"
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