So first of all, I know there are lots of people who enjoy Twitter, so I’m not writing this to convince anyone to stop using the app. I’ve been trying to simplify my life lately, not only by decluttering, as many of us do at the start of a New Year, but also by cutting out time wasters (except for video games because…well, I like video games).
When I looked at my social media accounts, I knew something had to go because it was becoming burdensome to keep up with everything. Here are 5 reasons I got rid of Twitter:
- The pace is stressful. Maybe some people like the fast-paced nature of Twitter, but for me it was like an obnoxious neon-flickering sign. I also felt so insignificant posting my little 140-word thread as the other thousands of threads piled on top of it, smothering it out of existence. I know, I know. “You have to post consistently and interact with people.” I’ll get to that later. Twitter for me is like being stuck in rush-hour traffic. It’s much too crowded and everyone’s in a hurry.
- The politics. I think on Twitter almost EVERYONE is political. That’s fine. Facebook can be like that as well. I get it. But for me, it’s a drag. I don’t really care about reading someone’s political opinion. In fact, I wish politics never made it into social media.
- The 140 word limit. Or is it 280 now? Whatever. Just stop limiting my words! I’m a writer for goodness sake.
- The bots. Do I need to explain this one? Why are fake humans following my account??? That’s just weird and scary. Anyway, can I really trust that someone with 20K followers really has that many followers, or did they just buy fake people to make them look popular?
- Losing followers without knowing why. This part stressed me out more than anything. I gain three new followers and lose two. Why? Did I post something that offended you? Did I post too infrequently? Did you just follow me so I would follow you back and then you dropped me so it would look like you have more followers than people you are following? Am I overthinking this?
But all of this was enough for me to say good bye to Twitter, and you know what? I’m actually relieved now that I got rid of my account. I hadn’t opened the app in months anyway, and felt guilty about neglecting all of my followers (ok, so I didn’t really think about it much).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an author, it’s that I care more about the people who have taken the time to read my work and have a conversation with me about the story. I don’t like wasting time with superficial relationships. Maybe I won’t get famous that way, but it’s certainly a more rewarding way to spend my time.