Twitter Crisis

I’m already having one. Without social media, I go through each day accomplishing the work I have: writing/editing in the morning, and tutoring in the afternoon. Without social media, writing excites me. My imagination is in tune with the universe. I matter, my job(s) matter, and my writing matters to the audience I imaginatively conjure.

When I’m on social media, I see the Tweets scrolling by, and I lose hope. The news is bleek and humans are mean and cynical. Sometimes, they’re funny or heartwarming, too, but I’m a passive observer of even the positive. I realize my writing is a raindrop in a vast ocean. It doesn’t matter. By extension, I don’t matter.

I know I’m not alone in the nihilism that falls like a lead apron over my heart, blocking out the radiating sunshine, after using social media. But why? Why does social media cause this? That’s rhetorical; don’t answer. In fact, don’t even ask. It just is.

Don’t ask why. It just is. Repeat chorus.

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  1. I stay away from Twitter. I mostly excuse my absence there by grumbling that the character limit promotes emitional knee-jerk reactions rather than thoughtful commentary.

    I’m not wrong about that but I have a deeper reason that I don’t talk about as often. I find continual tweets over-stimulating. Heck, I often find Facebook overstimulating.

    And what I mean by that is there is just too much input of emotion weight. I can’t react to it all. I can’t handle it all. So I find my corner and stick to it.

    I don’t even think it’s really the feeling of being a drop in the ocean, but that’s there too, I suppose. It’s really that in spite of an exterior many see as gruff, I’m too sensitive for social media.

    So I fully support you abstaining as much as you need to…

    1. Facebook is more of an emotional drain for me. As somebody once put it, on Facebook, you’re bullied by friends and family, and Twitter by strangers.

  2. It’s true: none of anything really matters, by most measurements. The things that do matter, in the material sense, are out of our hands. How closely we guard and follow our convictions, according to God’s provision, is the only thing we have control over, and so the only thing we have to account for.

    About Twitter…that veers somewhat into my professional territory. A lot of designers would say Twitter/social media platforms are “designed” to hook us. That’s not saying much because all digital interface is designed to meet our goals; applications are just there. It’s our hindbrain psychology that’s pulling us in. In that sense you’re not abnormal, but that doesn’t absolve Twitter’s product owners. They are fully aware of what they’re doing.

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