Five days into semi-quitting Twitter, here’s how it’s going…

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2016

wpid-screenshot_2016-01-10-19-11-40.pngLast Sunday, I did something drastic: I deleted Twitter from my phone.

I’d been half-intending to do it for a couple of weeks, putting it off because I didn’t want it to seem like a New Year’s resolution (which, actually, it was) as I don’t make New Year’s resolutions (I do, really).

Next day, I did something else. I added a website-blocker extension to the Chrome browser on my work computer to stop myself reading Twitter there.

I targeted Twitter as it’s the website I can most easily accidentally spend too long grazing on when I should and could be doing more useful things.

I still have Twitter on my tablet and home laptop. And I can still post to Twitter from my phone and work PC (either from Buffer or Instagram) if I want to. But it now has to be a conscious decision to log-in and scroll down and check my notifications and start sparring.

Five days in, the cold turkey’s less bad than I thought it might be. True, I’m missing out on the shiny-shiny of the latest LOLtastic memes on my daily commute and at lunch-time.

But I’m reading more articles via Feedly and Pocket. I’m tucking into my weekly Economist magazine. Occasionally I manage to read a book. I’m catching up on lots of good TV (War and Peace, Deutschland 83, Dickensian).

More importantly, I’m getting a bit of perspective when Twitter goes silly.

Like when the Corbynistas went beserk at Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, for getting Stephen Doughty to resign live on air. Or like yesterday when the humourless on Twitter weirdly decided that Charlie Hebdo was racist for publishing a savage but bang-on cartoon satirising nationalists’ stereotyping of immigrants.

Previously, I’d probably have ended up descending into the Twitter-mire, wasting time and energy duelling with people I’ll never even meet. Or else, I’d have kept my head down, reckoning it wasn’t worth the hassle getting involved. And then getting frustrated with myself at such cowardice.

Instead, when I did read about the furore I just thought “Tsk, don’t folk on Twitter get upset easily.”

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3 comments

Sounds like you were seriously into/addicted toTwitter. I hardly ever read anyone’s else’s Tweets. Why bother?

I’m very pleased to see you are still tweeting. Or has someone taken over your account name and started doing a clever spoof Stephen Tall?

by Paul Walter on January 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm. Reply #

[…] 10. Five days into semi-quitting Twitter, here’s how it’s going by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall. There may be a lesson for Twitterholics in here – a small amount of cold turkey can be good for you. […]

by Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #446 on January 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Reply #

Yep, last time (but one) I did it I came to some similar conclusions. Now, to stop lapsing! http://jiltedgeneration.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/giving-up-twitter-for-lent.html

by Louise Ankers on January 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm. Reply #

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