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The Power of the Block Button

What is coming between you and the block button?

The block button is essentially the restraining order of social media. You don’t want someone in your online presence? Boom! Gone!

The past few days, I used the block button several times. It is liberating. I am usually the person to ghost people. I don’t even like using the term, “ghosting,” -- it’s more like, “I’ll get back to them later.”

There are some people that don’t get the hint. If they don’t get a Snapchat back in a timely manner, they will text me. No text? Okay, let’s send a pointless Instagram dm. They don’t quit. It is time for them to go, so they get hit with the block button.

I doubt they have bad intentions or maybe they do, some people are crazy. People need to understand that we cannot force anyone on their phone to reply to them. Yes, I watched your Facetime call ring, but I chose not to answer. You don’t have control over people’s decisions.

Did they deserve to be blocked? In some cases, absolutely. The constant notifications on my phone can be draining. You can argue that replying to them would just fix the problem. However, the conversation goes nowhere. If the conversation is like the Sahara desert, why continue? Just give up.

The block button is beneficial for the ultimate villain … the crazy ex. They always think they have a magical hold on you. It is hard for them to understand to leave you alone. So, leave them with the “Pending” arrow on Snapchat.

I am not going to sit here and act as I only hold the power of the block button. I have been blocked plenty of times.

People have pressed the block button on me during mid-conversation on Snapchat. It is always a weird conversation about casually hooking up. I could take a few minutes away from my phone and the next thing I know, I’m blocked. I didn’t reply in a timely manner, so they decided my time with them expired. That’s perfectly fine, I didn’t want to engage anyways.

It seems like there is a communication problem. I think I was blocked because the other person was impatient. However, I will never know their true reason. I cannot understand their thought process when blocking me. Maybe they hate the way my Bitmoji is dressed, I don’t know.

I don’t think being blocked is the biggest deal. There are so many other people to talk to. However, there was one bizarre situation that I was pressed over being blocked. A guy took me out to breakfast and we spent the afternoon together. It was fine, I thought it went well. The day continues talking to each other, that was fine. The next morning, I was blocked. Blocked on Snapchat. Number blocked. Removed on Instagram. He even unfollowed me on TikTok. It left me thinking what did I do? Fall asleep? Like maybe, if he wasn’t into me, he could have told me that. I almost emailed him and ask why, but I thought that was too crazy. I will never know why he blocked me, but the free breakfast was nice.

The block button is the most powerful tool on social media. You don’t want to see anyone’s lil profile pic anymore? Kick them out of your house.


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