I quit Twitter and haven't post or even logged on in over a year. I can safely say I have never been happier. Twitter is a complete dumpster fire that consumes you and everything thing the demon touches. If I was a religious person I'd say with complete confidence that Twitter is a product of Satan run by one of this minions.
It will be hard for the first few months. It's like a drug you have to detox from.
Just do it.
I've heard all the excuses for not quitting (I made them all), just substitute the words "heroin" or "booze" for "twitter" and see if your excuses make sense anymore.
You will be a happier person.
Sir Francois de Mercier
Zak Phoenix McKracken
Fun fact : I've read (on Twitter) that Reddit brings way more players and sales (5 to 10 times) than Twitter (my own experience during my KS campaign and some conversations with other devs lead to the same conclusion). I guess the best way to manage yourself a social media presence would be to post some GIFs and screenshots and go away as soon as it's published - but the tentation to hang out, read some tweets and procrastinate is very high (I plead very guilty on this). After all, social media are design to suck all your attention :/
Never had a Facebook Account and don't even understand why anyone would use it. It's worthless to me.
The one that I really would love to get rid of is Whatsapp (I'm from Europe, I think it's less popular in the States?). I'm fine with being able to easily chat with friends I don't get to see that often and get the occasional family baby pics, but I can definitely get into that ugly habit of it being the first/last thing I look at during the day, and spending way too much time on it when I'm stressed and should be focusing on other stuff. I definitely do miss the days of being mostly disconnected from the internet/rest of the world, instead of being always reachable. Sadly, I can't just delete it because we use it for work chat as well (which goes for a lot of jobs over here).
Still, this post was a good reminder that I should put more effort into disconnecting when I'm off the clock and being more present in the moment. I'm always happier and more relaxed whenever I manage to do that for longer periods
I'm logging off Twitter and going to do something constructive.
Is it the addiction you don't like or the people/politics you've encountered?
I think the problem is more widespread, social networks are absolutely the worst part of the internet right now. They are designed to keep you scrolling the feed, and they create addiction, but the issue about reduced learning performance is deep linked with the internet, or better the WWW, in general. This is the catch, the Internet opened us quite literally an infinite source of information, information that we can retrieve at the speed of light, but on the other side having too much information is a big distraction for our brain.
There are studies showing the connection between pages with a lot of hyperlinks, sounds and videos, and lower learning rates. Our brain is not well suited for this, but our brain is also very malleable and the Internet is changing it. We are becoming less intelligent because we have a computer and the internet remembering and retrieving the information for us, it is just our brain adapting to this new input. This is the same thing that kept happening for centuries in the past; try to think about maps or clocks; before the invention of the map people had better understanding of their surroundings because they had to orientate them self with their eyes and instinct, and in modern days with GPS we've just increased the Gap we started in the past. Same for the clock, our brain adapted so well that often time you eat your lunch because is noon and not because you are hungry. Before clock's invention people followed a more natural cycle, regulating them self with the sun rising and setting.
Other studies showed the connection between having hard time finishing a long book and the internet. It never happened to you? When I was younger I could finish a book in few days, now it took much, much longer(also taking in account life changes like family, kids, etc). Why? Because internet is changing our brain, the information it provides are often short and approximate and you can easily lose yourself in a forest of hyperlinks on connected material.
So, is internet bad for us? Hard to tell, if the human species keeps thriving probably not, we could become more and more connected with our machines and that will let us to be more "intelligent" and fast. But, if our society fails or collapse for any reasons we could awake from our interconnected dream and found out we are dumber than in the past.
If you want to deepen on this subject, I suggest you to read these books:
Don Pythno Miguel
That being said I find myself often enough just scrolling through twitter without really reading anything. It is hard to discipline oneself - and yes - while I don't like to admit it, it comes somewhat close to an addiction.
Some positive words on Thimbleweed Park: Loved the game, great art, puzzles and dialogues. Also, thank you for sharing some of the development process via the podcast and vimeo videos and blog entries. Really interesting stuff.
Take care everyone and have a good day.
I actually never engaged with twitter (always found it stupid and pointless) and stopped altogether to use it some time ago.
Apparently, data shows that it's slowly dying. Good riddance.