Why I just quit Twitter

Why I just quit Twitter

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About five minutes ago I deactivated my main Twitter account – specifically, the @findo one. I’ve had the account for about 6 years, and had 1000+ followers, and have long had a love-hate relationship with it, but I feel like it’s time to call time on it. Here’s why:

1. I haven’t actually looked at it in about two or three weeks, and the last time I logged in was also after such a period. This is largely due to the fact that I removed the app (along with Facebook) from my phone a while back. I think I’m just over it.

2. I don’t want to keep developing a habit of pulling out my phone / opening a tab  to be ‘fed’ tidbits of information every time I am ‘bored’ or have a break in proceedings. I think our brains need that time to just process and think about stuff, especially to be creative.

3. I’m tired of caring about things I don’t care about. I know this is harsh in some cases, but so often I catch myself getting emotionally involved in the latest Twitter hoo-ha about x who said y, and frankly, most of it is of no real consequence to my life.

4. I want to be more incarnational. This is related to the previous point. Getting sucked into the Interwebs priorities is a distraction from the priorities of the people and responsibilities around me. I mean, actually around me.

Despite the claims that online community is equivalent to offline community, I don’t believe it. I see no evidence that my recent lack of presence on Twitter has concerned any of my followers, which is exactly what is to be expected – social media is all about transient posts and we only pay attention to what is right in front of us at any given moment. Unlike incarnational community, there are simply no holes when people aren’t there, and I’m just not willing to invest in that kind of thing at the moment.

I have 30 days in which I can reactivate it if I realise I’ve made a terrible mistake (and I haven’t quite gone cold turkey as I still have my @aborrowedflame account..). Quitting Facebook might be a little more difficult.

3 responses to “Why I just quit Twitter”

  1. I’ve never bought into the idea that online communities are the same as face-to-face communities… but that doesn’t mean (for me) giving up the online communities. For one, by being a more widely heard voice, it does give you the potential to accomplish more good – just this morning (although it has to do with my blog), a popular British magazine contacted me and asked me if I’d like to write an article for them, and they found me entirely online. for example. Twitter is also the go-to source for your online identity (it’s quite common for articles to link their author’s Twitter account). And finally… even if it’s an inferior community, it’s still a community. I’ve met people through Twitter I’m glad to know. And later I met some of them face-to-face. (But maybe I’m weird because a significant number of the people I follow on Twitter ARE locals that I may/will bump into.)

    • Findo says:

      Hi David, thanks for stopping by.
      Yeah, I agree there is potential for good with things like Twitter, it’s just for me at this point, I’m not prepared to pay the cost (and there’s always a cost for any technology). Perhaps down the track I will be willing, again.. I’m not suggesting everyone else should quit Twitter, just telling my reasons for now. I can see that in some professions it has more benefit than it does in mine.

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