“To be clear, it’s not brave to quit Twitter, or righteous (I’m still on Facebook, which is just a differently shaped moral stockyard), or noteworthy. Quitting Twitter is just a thing that you can do. I mention it only because there was a time when I didn’t think it was a thing that I could do, and then I did it, and now my life is better.”
One of the frequent themes of this blog is a general sense of uneaseconfusioncuriosity interrogation over how we should be using the internet generally, and social media particularly. I know I’m not alone in this, because I sometimes will see people on Facebook/Twitter op-ed pages raising similar questions, largely around negative feelings and experiences they have as a result.
This year I’ve decided to advocate for doing whatever the heck you feel like on social media, which means blocking, unfriending, unfollowing and generally doing whatever you need to in order to make it feel like a fun place. And if you don’t feel like doing that, you can delete the apps altogether. All of this is, ultimately, optional.