Just as Lent is coming to an end I’ve decided to give something else up – Twitter to be precise. Other than tweeting mine or others’ blog posts and checking in every so often to see if I’ve missed anything, it’s a social media outlet I consider virtually useless – (what a perfectly apt subtext those two words make).
Not least do I dislike the trending storms-in-a-teacup, the trolls and bullying, the socio-political controls of the masses by the masses for the masses, the twaddly updates on hot-air elevated
nobodies celebs and most of all, the facile, infantile responses to tragic world events. [oops I’ve broken the conditions of this blog’s manifesto by being so frank but “needs must when the devil drives” or some such reason.]
Personally if I’d lost loved ones or my legs in an atrocity I would find the platitudes, group hugs, teddy piles, chalked messages, illuminated landmarks etc a downright insulting response to my plight and none more so than the hashtag support and overlaid profiles of tweeters. Do people seriously believe that all these trending tweets will have any effect at all? Apparently so as here is a typical tweet from yesterday:-
“Come on people we need more Belgium flag avis and profile pic if we want to be serious about stopping terrorism…??”
I’ve heard of turning the other cheek but I’m afraid the sword is mightier than the word.
Anyway not only can I do without social media but I can live in the real world without it. First to be discarded was Facebook, then Instagram and now Twitter – little by little I’m releasing myself back to actual social networking and relegating the virtual ones to the delete button.
Of course I could have just gone quietly but we all like to have the last word #justsayin 🙂
“Your account is now deactivated.
Your account will be permanently deleted in 30 days.”
Thank you Twitter and bye-bye birdie.
Postscript: I have my blogs but that’s between me and them and a small, select group of followers – thank-you by the way.