I don’t understand and really find it difficult to grapple with why many folks cant stay off social media, including Twitter, for a while. Just like many items including alcohol, bacon, and porn, Twitter is something people should enjoy in moderation and not throw themselves into completely. Unless if you do business or you businesses rely on twitter to grow, you have no business wasting precious times on there
Granted that Twitter is valuable and terrifyingly efficient tool for spreading news or share personal thoughts, react to a TV show, raise a movement, or topple a career in only 140 characters. Just ask Justine Sacco, a PR professional whose off-color Tweet about traveling to South Africa ruined her life when an editor at Gawker saw it and retweeted. “Of all the things I could have been in society’s collective consciousness, it never struck me that I’d end up a brutal nadir,” Sacco told Jon Ronson in his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
Therefore, the important question is this: Why, with limitless space online and innumerable ways of communicating via the Internet, are we still using the often dangerous, arbitrarily narrow platform known as Twitter? Well, because like alcohol, bacon, and porn, we’re addicted to things that aren’t necessarily good for us.
I want to suggest to you that before you log in or tap that app on your computer or Smartphone again to get a social media fix, here are a few reasons to quit Twitter this year. Unless if you do business or you businesses rely on twitter to grow, you have no business wasting precious times on there
8 Great Reasons to Quit Twitter in 2017
- Twitter Wastes Your Precious Time
Like Facebook, Twitter provides users with streamlined news, links, maybe a joke, and then you’re off to enjoy a day free of baby pictures and Upworthy posts. But odds are even if you’re not rebutting a friend-of-a-friend’s political views, you’re spending way too much time hashtagging and retweeting. The average user spends 17 minutes a day on Twitter, which if you’ve been on it for five years equates to roughly 21.5 full days scrolling. If you’re a power user, increase that number by a factor of five (at least) and then think about the other things you could be spending your time doing.
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- Twiiter is a Dangerous Distraction
Many folks are guity of this and it is potentially dangerous. Roughly 30 percent of users who Tweet while driving admit to doing it “all the time,” and roughly 17 percent “safely” snap and post photos from behind the wheel, often of themselves, according to an AT&T survey. While few fatalities have been directly linked to Tweeting, the action bears little difference to texting while driving, which caused 1.3 million accidents in 2012. More recently, two students and a teacher were killed last December when a Tennessee school bus driver (also a fan of driving selfies) slammed into another bus while allegedly messaging a prostitute. Just, please, put down your phones.
- Twitter Can Show No Mercy to Your Career
Carelessness and sarcastic twits have cost many twitter users their jobs. The laundry list of people suspended or fired for Tweeting is too long to publish in full, but it includes the aforementioned Ms. Sacco, former Grantland chief Bill Simmons, Isagenix intern Erika Escalante, who was fired for a racist picture she posted from a cotton field, and San Jose cop Phillip White, who said he would use his “law appointed right and duty“ to kill people if threatened by Black Lives Matter protesters. Yes, you may not be these people but you are at risk of getting into this same situation, if you don’t take your time.
- Twitter is Addictive
Like alcohol and many other addictive items, Twitter can intoxicate you. A 2012 study by University of Chicago researchers found that Twitter may be more difficult to quit than alcohol or cigarettes. Look at this confession: There’s always something new and fresh to view “Twitter is the one thing I’m addicted to,” Julianne Moore recently told Town & Country. “I never sit quietly anymore.” Three years after Men’s Health editor Larry Carlat became addicted to the platform, he wrote in the New York Times about committing “Twittercide” after losing his job (twice), his marriage, and the respect of his son. Twitter is really additive. Please hold yourself.
- Everybody on Twitter is a Monster
It is verifiably true that Twitter can be used to unite the masses and spread information faster than any other platform. However, it’s mostly used to tell people how much they suck. You will read that Actors, politicians, athletes, women gamers, brands, you, your mother, and your kids: Everyone sucks, except, apparently, the people who spend their days posting about how much people suck. You know what? You didn’t escape this. You’re a Troll.
- Twitter is an Echo Chamber
When a small group of people agree on a topic and no one with an opposing opinion takes part in the conversation (either accidentally or on purpose), the group creates a closed system where the central viewpoint is repeatedly echoed until it becomes fact among the participants. And while it should be easy to find different viewpoints among the more than 300 million active Tweeters, humans like to have their views reinforced, and are able to pick the people they follow, block, or censor. Internet echo chambers don’t just make people ignorant and dismissive, but can promote dangerous and untrue beliefs, like the “fact” that vaccinations cause autism.
- Twitter is Super Fast, and Super Unreliable
Rumours and false news quickly spread over Twitter. It could serve as a rumour chamber. As quickly as you can spread news on Twitter, you can just as quickly and easily spread rumors. With Twitter, “It’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters,” author John Franzen once said. “It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium.” Note that you or your family can be victims of false rumour.
- You Can’t Say Anything of Value in 140 Characters.
Twitter’s arbitrary character count, not even the brightest poets and punchline comedians can cope with it’s limitations. This has resulted to folks bastardizing the English language just to fit a couple more words, one more thought, one extra link into our posts. At its best, Twitter is a news aggregator that helps you stay connected. At worst, it’s a narcissist’s autobiography told in blips too small to matter — and yes, that probably includes you. After all, the average lifespan of a Tweet is only 24 minutes long, and in the end, no one will ever post anything better than this.
There are many other reasons though, why you should seriously consider quitting Twitter and other social media websites. Unless if your business is dependent on Twitter, I don’t think that you have any reason to spend all these huge time on it.
So If you’re serious about quitting Twitter today, here’s how.
Reference Link: Men’s Journal