* I didn’t.
“I Quit Twitter and I Can’t Believe How Much It Improved My Life | Inc.com”
A bold statement indeed, and what’s not to like about it. Giving up (partially) on social media, or at least on the part that has a hold on you.
I quit Facebook for a couple of months about two years ago. I say quit, I just didn’t log in.
It was an interesting experiment; it showed me what I liked and didn’t like about Facebook.
I then actually quit, closing down my account (not as straight forward as you might think) to then create a new account – under my terms. No longer was my feed full of work-related pages, or people I barely knew (some ‘friends’ I didn’t know at all).
I learned that FB can be good for keeping in touch with a certain circle of friends. It’s great for keeping up to date with local events, be it sporting, gigs etc.
I joined groups of hobbies/interests that actually engaged me.
But, we still slip into over usage, with the convenience of our mobile phone.
I’m trying out the Stayfree app, to at least get a handle on my usage.
This all brings me to Twitter. I really love Twitter. Yeah, Twitter users look down their nose at Facebook users, but I have a foot in both camps and can see the merit in both.
That is until recently, where I feel I need to rephrase that sentence
I really loved Twitter.
It seems in the last couple of years it has turned into something I have stopped enjoying, but still feel compelled to check.
Is it the Trump effect? Brexit? All this and more? Probably. These days it seems to be an endless stream of negativity. Oh, and don’t worry if some of that negativity passes you by; someone will bump that negativity into your timeline, just to call out the negativity. The end result? More negativity in front of your face.
It’s a weekly occurrence now where some absolute no-mark will tweet something negative (these days it’s often about Ireland in the context of EU/Brexit, but could just as easily be about cyclists, the Irish language etc.), then righteous twitter (me included) gives exposure to that negativity, just to have our say on how wrong the opinion is.
Does my life really need this?
Why am I wasting time reading, or giving oxygen to this?
Would my time be better spent doing so many other things that I say I don’t have time to do?
Should I just quit Twitter?
Is it as easy as that, or is there an underlying habit/addiction to break?
Am I already coming up with a list of reasons why I really need to at least keep an eye on Twitter?
Why am I writing all this in a blog that no-one reads? Maybe just to put a line in the sand for myself. Say it out loud, as such.
Let’s see how the next month goes. Break the cycle; curtail the habit; use my time in a more rewarding way.