The drawback of quitting Twitter

Yesterday I posted about how I’ve quite Twitter (sort of). However, lest it seem like it’s a no-regrets, heroic charge into the disconnected future, I thought it worth noting what my reservations have been in partially disconnecting from social media.

My biggest fear, if I’m honest, is I think what makes social media so powerful to begin with: importance. Why haven’t I deactivated my account before now? Why am I still on Facebook? Because I’m human, and I want people to know what I think; my selfish heart wants to be recognised for my contributions. For example, my inner dialogue asks things like: who will listen to your new song if you can’t tweet about it?

The other side of that is the ego-boost of being ‘in-the-know’, keeping up on the latest ideas in those things I’m interested in. Now, being able to read articles and keep up with the latest in things like music circles is not necessarily bad – there is much value to be gained from that (and to be clear, I’ve connected and learnt from a bunch of really great people via social media), but there can easily come a point when it becomes an end in itself, when it becomes idolatrous and a distraction from the incarnational aspect of, say, making music. I confess that I’m scared of missing out on good things by disconnecting, but at the moment, I’m more willing to pay that price, than pay the price of staying on Twitter.

2 responses to “The drawback of quitting Twitter”

  1. ejangi says:

    Not to put a spanner in the works for you or anything — just sharing part of my own journey… I’m actually in a place where I’ve shunned so much of pop-culture, because it’s boring (and justified by the idea that it’s more righteous), to the point where I find it hard to relate to regular people. Many people like me for my skills and not because of who I am. So, all of this has given me a different perspective on the idea of being in the world, but not of it. On the one hand I think it is important to keep things in check and not get too personally invested in the stuff that just doesn’t matter eternally, and on the other it’s important to be in touch with what people find interesting so that I can relate, make connections and be a part of their lives in a meaningful way.

What do you think?