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In conversation, the two topics most avoided are usually religion and politics. But when it comes to social media? All bets are off.

"Just take a quick scroll on your own Facebook news feed and chances are you will come across something like this," says Reporter Jennifer Carmack.

Glenn Sparks is a Communications Professor. He says this political season has yielded a cornucopia of friend dumping on facebook."Pew Research Foundation just issued a study that 20 percent of all Facebook users during this election season have taken some kind of action to protect themselves from political expressions that they really don't want to be exposed to"

We turned to Facebook to see what you thought about how well politics and social media mix. Within ten minutes we were flooded with responses like ignore, I'm sick of it, and if you don't want to read it go on to the next post.

Sparks adds, "Political communication is communication about deep feelings and I think many people are discovering the text modality of facebook is not a great medium for expression of deep feelings."

Sparks says etiquette applies online as well. He says best practice? If you wouldn't say it face to face, avoid shouting it on Facebook.

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