Hi, my name is Michael, and I’m addicted to twitter.
It’s a very safe and harmless addiction though. If I want to find the latest news quickly then I use twitter to do so. If I want updates on sports or even sports related news, I also turn to twitter. Politics, technology, movies, videos…it’s all on twitter!
Sometimes I find myself tweeting too much in a day (I’m sure those of you who follow me feel the same way too), but that’s not what made me decide to log out of my account for 12 days. I follow almost 600 people, and I spend way too much time reading all of the tweets. The “lists” function helps me navigate to what I’m looking for, but my eyes tend to get stuck to the screen and read much more than I had previously planned.
I just wanted to see how a life would be without twitter..
It was actually tough to stay off of twitter, because it was no longer as easy to find the things that I normally had right at my fingertips. During my time away from twitter I missed tweets about the battle between Viacom and DirecTV, the Colorado shooter at the Batman movie, and even tweets about Friday the 13th. Not staying up-to-date on my sports was the hardest part for me, and I couldn’t share my opinion about topics either (which I know you have all missed so badly). I missed the debate about the Dream Team vs. the current USA basketball team (I’m picking the Dream Team, of course), SEC Media Days, the great ending to the Open Championship this past weekend, and the removal of Joe Paterno’s statue.
I couldn’t even let you all know that I finally saw Sir Charles Barkley in person while I was at work last week, even though I’m probably the last person from Alabama to not see him before now.
Twitter has made it easy to quickly access anything that you want to find. I follow people that appeal to my interests, and by reading their tweets I can get instant access to almost anything. There is something on twitter for everybody, and that’s why it is so appealing to everyone of all ages.
I remember reading an article on The Atlantic’s website that said “Twitter is something we enjoy, not something we need.”
The last 12 days proved that I don’t need twitter, but it really does make life a little easier. It would also save me a little time If I would just use it to serve a purpose, but for now I’ll just enjoy being obsessive.
To keep it at 140 characters or less, It feels so good to be back.