I recently left Twitter. I’d had it up to here with the fake news and trolls. I enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and exchanging brief observations about our lives. But on balance I felt it wasn’t enriching, and instead was a source of negativity and anger.
After having been off Twitter for 10 days I can say this:
I’m happier without it. I’m more focused, less distracted, and can put more energy into more satisfying interactions with the world.
That’s not to say I don’t miss some things. I have (had) Twitter friends, some of whom became real life friends. I had about 1,200 followers; about 15 were consistent online friends; about five became IRL friends. I’m foregoing that occurring again, at least using Twitter.
I learned about news events way before they were reported by mainstream news outlets. Information on Twitter easily beat CNN by hours or days.
There are many funny people on Twitter. I got a lot of good laughs that lightened the daily grind. Humor websites or Reddit threads aren’t the same. Maybe because the immediacy and pithiness is absent.
I’ll miss all of that.
The good stuff was more than offset by the bad stuff. It’s not a close call.
Could I change my mind and rejoin Twitter? Sure. But its standards and content would have to change a lot for that to happen, and nothing public so far hints at those sufficient changes. Or my standards would have to change, and of course that’s possible. But for the foreseeable future, Twitter’s business model will have to make due without my contribution.