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Quitting Twitter – It’s A Year Later, What’s Changed And Has It Improved Health/Life?

Lifestyle
Sunday, 1st March, 2020

Twitter is toxic - 1 Year of not using twitter. What's the difference?

This week back in 2019 I quit Twitter, and it was a long time coming. I wrote a post back then about how Twitter is toxic in my opinion, this was on the back of myself declaring the platform “not the same” in 2016.

So, a year has past, what has changed, does it improve health and lift in general.

Here’s everything which has happened since I stopped using Twitter on 28th February 2019.

Now you’ll probably see that I still have a profile, and you’ll still see me posting stuff. So did I actually leave?

What’s more accurate is that I should state that I stopped participating on Twitter. That means I don’t talk to people in my feed, I don’t comment, or ‘like’ posts. Basically, I don’t interact at all. I simply use it to post updates about this blog.

This was always the plan, I wanted to use the platform, rather than it use myself.

My Complaints About Twitter – A Year On

So my original complaints a year ago were the following:

  • Conversations were no longer conversations, it was very toxic
  • It was a huge time drain
  • My feed was always filled with tweets that people I follow ‘liked’ that I had no interest in
  • Annoying Ads
  • Drama

I wanted to stop loading up Twitter. How have I done?

In terms of posting and tweeting, I can say I done this with ease. I really do miss talking to a few of the people I used to have regular conversations with. It’s sad that I don’t do that anymore. But it’s hard to have conversations without spending lots of time on there and scrolling a lot, something I’ve wanted to avoid.

For the first few weeks and months it was pretty easy. As time went by, I found myself looking at my timeline every now and then, just to see what was happening in the world. A few minutes turned into many minutes.

I have to say I must try harder at this. It’s kind of hard to not load up Twitter when you’re still posting links as I do, but I will continue to try harder not to look.

Twitter Drama – Still very much alive

There’s no real escape from it. Even if I’ve only loaded up Twitter for a few moments, or I just read it in mainstream news, the drama is still going strong on Twitter. I was never really part of anything, but as already mentioned it’s just so draining to even read most of this type of stuff.

Feed filled with ‘likes’ and replies from followers – I actually solved this problem! You can train the algo on your account to show less likes from almost everyone. Once you’ve done this a large number of times you’ll see less and even no likes from your followers.

The only downside is that this only lasts for a few months, then you have to do it again.

Annoying Ads – Still there. Twitter is out to make money, so this will not change. Advertisers seem a bit more wise, so they may not be not as annoying as they were a year ago.

If Twitter or any social media is not giving you a positive impact on your life, don’t be afraid to leave. There’s a good chance you’ll be happier without it.

Twitter Seems Even More Toxic In 2020 – Here’s My Thoughts

As mentioned I do (sadly) stray a little at times and scroll a little bit of my feed. And to me at least, it seems as bad, or even worse, than it was.

This is what I have seen so far:

People Blaming Twitter And “Social Media” For Everything, But Continue To Use It

This is by far the biggest thing I’ve seen in recent months. There’s a lot of people talking about how bad social media is, and that “life was better without it”. However, the same people are on all the platforms, and continue to use them.

I’ve not only seen this in my feed from the rare times I look, but on TV, and in the news in general. Many condemn social media, but still continue to use it.

Why don’t they just quit?

There’s a lot of people who have jobs relating to social media, so I can understand needing to still be active. But for the mainstream, and for celebrities, there’s no real need to be on if you truly don’t like it.

A lot of these celebrities and ‘personalities’ have tens-of-thousands of tweets, so it’s clear they spend a lot of time on the platform. If it’s making you feeling sad, depressed or otherwise not good, my advice is to leave.

Shaming Others & Spreading Negativity

This is not new, but I’ve seen someone doing it only this week. Someone gets sent a message which is not nice, and now what they think is acceptable to do is to screenshot it, and show their followers.

Don’t get me wrong, I can understand the reasoning behind it….But then, that makes the person sharing the screenshot just as bad for trying to incite hate.

The same people types of people will also retweet or quote a tweet from someone they don’t like or agree with, once again stirring the pot.

If we all have the opinion “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” this also means not spreading hate by replying, quoting or retweeting other’s messages.

If you don’t like it, you can block…Which brings me nicely onto my next point.

Block Shaming Definition - What Is Block Shaming On Social Media

Block Shaming On Social Media

This isn’t new, but it’s definitely getting bigger. I am talking about block shaming. Block shaming is when someone blocks you, and then you share this with your followers and the world by taking a screenshot.

If someone blocks you, there’s probably a good reason. There’s no need to tell the world. A lot of the time the people who get blocked have also been victims of hate, so it’s really odd that they would block shame someone themselves.

Am I Happier Without Twitter?

Yes, I am happier without Twitter. I think it’s kind of bad for mental health, just because it can be so draining with all of the negativity, even when you’re not part of it.

The biggest positive is the time I have got back. It used to be hours on an evening scrolling and reading. Now I can put that into something else such as creating more and better content for the blog, or just relaxing watching a film.

Sometimes it’s kind of been odd when I have “free” time which I used to unintentionally fill with Twitter scrolling, at times I can find myself wondering what to do! This is a massive positive.

Here’s To Another Twitter Free Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a web geek, and always have been. Whether it’s social media, websites or whatever, I’ll always have an interest, even if it’s sometimes from a distance.

With all of that said, I don’t think I’ll be participating in Twitter in 2020 either. This was a good post to write, it has cleared my mind of Twitter which is always good for mental health, and gives me a new focus to avoid the Twitter timeline for another year.

Here’s to 2020! I wonder where we’ll be at in 2021 when it comes to social media.


Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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