while(self++) { #28 } // The Death of Friendship: Passive Aggressive Statuses

My sister and I were ruminating about why people post passive agressive statuses. You know, those statuses that drip with annoyance or unresolved anger? The ones that are almost definitely directed at someone specific? Why do people post them? Well, it’s easier to deal with conflict at a distance. Confronting an issue head on means that we ourselves must take up the initial burden of achieving resolution. It’s harder to say something to someone’s face that might hurt them. But by posting a status, we put the onus on the intended person to respond to our emotions; they must initiate a resolution instead. It’s easier. But if we truly care about someone, the relationship can’t always go the easiest course. Being a good friend requires hard work.

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