So for the past seven days I’ve reduced my Twitter usage by about 98%. I haven’t deleted my accounts or anything but my interaction time has waned. I miss some of the people I’ve developed a friendship with over the years; I need to find alternate ways of maintaining a connection.
The biggest change I’ve noticed from this new approach to Twitter is that I’m a lot less anxiety ridden about what’s going on in the world. As I’ve mentioned before, opinions and debate from all sides of the political spectrum can become quite shouty over on Twitter. I don’t know what Elon Musk is talking about when it comes to “limitations of free speech” because there’s a lot of free speech being bandied about over there and a good chunk of it is quite ugly.
I still firmly believe that technology has outpaced society’s ability to use it
properly responsibly. There are too many people that lack the moral foundation of sharing truth, listening to others, and such and more concerned with the dopamine hit that results from screaming absurdities and getting the audience riled up.
We need to thrive on intelligent dialog and debate, not dopamine hits of this nature. Of course, the dopamine hit approach is egged on by algorithms designed by the social media companies to ramp up engagement so they can get richer. It’s a rather ugly situation but one that is not going to go away any time soon.
In the meantime, I decide to step away a lot. My sanity is much more important.
This is exactly where I was at five years ago. Being inundated with the horrors of the day was not doing my mental health any favors, so I decided to cut Twitter completely. Now I check in once a month to make sure I didn’t miss a DM, but that’s it.
I totally agree. I’ve probably reduced by about 80% and while I never really “doomscrolled” as I only follow a small number of generally positive people, I’m noticing a calmer vibe. I’m struggling a bit with Twitter FOMO but hopefully that will fade.
Maintaining connexion though is really important to me, and I do think that for many, “out of sight, out of mind” will apply.