To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the long run to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous egos, Or to take steps against their stream of cackles And by quitting, end them? To leave for silence, No more; and in that silence will I end In heart-ache and the fear of missing out That silence is prone to? Is this a step Devoutly to be wished?
Limiting the Chatter
Fortunately for me, the choice to leave Twitter isn’t as serious as Hamlet’s choice “to die: to sleep. . . perchance to dream.” Honestly, I never took to the platform, which seemed more like chatter than conversation. I never put Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, or Instagram on my phone, not wanting to add to yet more distraction in my life. Since the venomous noise leading up to and since the 2016 election, I’ve receded from social media generally, and I’m happier for it.
Connecting to Colleagues, Friends & Family
I do know those who use Twitter to connect to colleagues, friends, and family. For them, the current dysfunction of the platform is worrisome; they rely on their online community. My community is mostly right here, in the southern half of a rural county with a population density of 57 people per square mile. (I used to live in Manhattan, where there are 74,780 people per square mile.) This is not to say I don’t have friends across the state, region, country and world. I do, and I mostly communicate with them directly, using that quaint method, email, or that nearly antiquated one, the written letter.
Fear of Missing Out
Nevertheless, to quit a once-popular platform entirely feels big. I’ll lose my handle. And here’s the rub: Fear of Missing Out. In my less fearful moments, I remember that tweets, both outlandish and informative, are now part of the news cycle. I’ll hardly miss them even without my own Twitter Account.
Thirty Days to Change My Mind
The process for closing a Twitter account takes time. Today, I’m deactivating it. If I don’t use it for the next thirty days, the account disappears. Is there value to staying on Twitter I’m not seeing? Or is it about time to let the account go?
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