I have been on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for over 10 years now. When I started blogging, I learned how to create a fan page for my blog and a Twitter account. It was all so exciting! Getting those first few likes and getting to milestone numbers made my day.
In those early days, I would have conversations on Twitter with people that I didn’t know and hadn’t met. People were polite and willing to engage in different opinions. It was a great experience. It was fun and entertaining.
I don’t know when the shift happened, but things got dark. I have a memory of blocking someone who called a woman the “c” word. I was horrified. To use that word in a public setting was beyond my tolerance level.
Over time, I used Twitter less and less. I no longer engaged in the lively conversations of the past. I stopped reading my Twitter feed. I stopped retweeting others and even tweeting my own posts. I started thinking about breaking up with Twitter. I didn’t have a large following and there was little engagement with others.
I read the articles on Twitter banning people from their accounts and requiring them to check off the box that said they were engaging in hate speech in order to get their accounts back. I once called a Chicago alderman a third-rate politician that didn’t represent me or my family, but that was about as controversial as I got. (He was arrested a few yeas later.)
I finally made the decision and deleted my account. I didn’t feel bad and I don’t miss it or any of those that I was following. I’m sure no one is missing me either. Breaking up with Twitter was the right choice for me.
Maybe one day we’ll go back to that simple and cordial time and thoughts of breaking up with Twitter or any other social media platform won’t be an issue.
For those of you who remain on that platform, I will pray for you. I will pray that you stay strong and that you be a positive addition to that community.
“Be strong and of good courage.” ~ Joshua 1:9