(image credit for screenshot: New York Times)
No, really. I mean it. This is final. I quit. In the name of restoring civil discourse, redeeming the hours I’ve wasted checking the slot machine that is Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, and recovering my ability to complete a task without being distracted by a newsfeed notification every fifteen minutes, I quit social media.
Regarding the NYTimes article I’ve linked above, what I can’t understand –or maybe wish I could– is why Senator Warren doesn’t lead by example and just walk away from the platform. If it is what she says it is (and I, for one, believe that it is a political disaster
waiting to happen, a phenomenal waste of time, and a medium controlled behind the curtain by puppet masters who are driven by money, power, and control), then, Senator Warren, leave it. Delete your accounts. I dare you.
I say this with a clean(er) conscience, having deleted my Twitter account at the end of September and my Facebook account within the past week. No, this doesn’t make me a better person than you, it’s just that I positively refuse to endure another election season with the noise of social media, memes pasted on my newsfeed like tacky bumper stickers on a rusty old pickup truck, and banal debates (which change the minds of exactly no one) perpetrated by friends of mine who are certainly old enough to know better. I’m done. I’ve made it (more) public this time, in order to seal my commitment and ensure its finality. This post is just another nail in the coffin.
So, here I am, writing disgusted rants on my own platform again on my own turf instead of writing, deleting, re-writing, and eventually just keeping it to myself –and honestly, it feels pretty darn good.