The internet seems to be a breeding ground for unsolicited judgment. On the one hand, we are all encouraged to be our truest, most vulnerable selves or, to paraphrase Hemingway, to open up our phones and bleed. On the other hand, expressing our truest selves seems to encourage the basest responses in others. You think recycling is good? Someone else thinks it’s not good enough. You like to watch reality TV? Someone else thinks it’s a complete waste of time and brain power. The things that make personal interactions lovely – a diversity of opinions and interests and experiences – is the thing that makes the internet a literal hell hole.
The after church judgies sounds all too familiar. You’re right, it’s a very difficult habit to break.