DEAR MISS MANNERS: I hold different political beliefs than many of my friends and family, although I don’t generally advertise them. This election cycle is causing me a considerable amount of anxiety. I stopped following social media once I realized it no longer brought me joy.
Now family members have started sending me political messages directly via email or texts. When this happens, I politely state that I am not interested in hearing more on the subject and ask them to refrain from sending me further messages of this kind.
Usually, the sender complies, but sometimes I am treated as if my request is unreasonable and rude. Is it?
GENTLE READER: No; their persistence is. But if your current method continues to fail, Miss Manners would also endorse your deleting these messages without comment.