Hi. My name is Nick and I have a Twitter problem.

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It’s my final blog post so I figured instead of reporting on outside social media, I would do a bit of self-reflection on social media and how my relationship with it has developed over the course of this class…

Before This Class…

I was absolutely a social media addict. Not so much a poster or content-creator, but absolutely feeling the need to be constantly refreshing pages, seeing new content, and digesting news and information. It was a learned and subconscious reaction to click into Twitter, then Instagram, and then Facebook every time I picked up my phone. But it was mainly Twitter I really had a problem with…

On my computer, every day always started with logging into Twitter and catching up on what I missed overnight. Throughout the day, I would keep the Twitter tab open on my computer and feel the physical need to refresh the page anytime I saw there were new posts I hadn’t seen; this would give me legitimate anxiety…

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I would digest hundreds, if not thousands, of Tweets per day without giving any of them much thought; more so reading them because I felt like I had to in order to finish the page. It would drive my girlfriend nuts how much I was on Twitter, as typically the content on there wasn’t adding anything substantial to my life, but was indeed taking up hours of my days. It was time for change!

After This Class…

Sadly, I’m still a social media addict. That unseen Tweets picture still gives me anxiety, I still feel the need to open Twitter first thing in the morning, my finger still gravitates towards the social media apps on my phone instinctively, and I still feel the need to be locked into whatever is going on in the social media universe. However, I’m now cognizant of it and I want it to stop. This class, particularly some of the earlier readings and discussions, have really made me realize how addicting and chemical these social media sites are. I now understand they’re designed for me to need them and I don’t trust the people building them.

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Facebook, for one, I’ve nearly weaned off of because of this class. I don’t really use it like I did in college, fewer and fewer peers are on it, and I don’t trust anything Facebook does as a company. I’m more than happy to cut it out and look forward to that being the first casualty of my enlightened social media self.

Twitter, as I said, is another story. I’ve tried to cut it out, but I relapse in minutes and end up logging right back on to the site as soon as I sense I could be missing something. It’s a bizarrely powerful gravitational pull of my attention. This class has educated me into the dangers of having this social media addiction, but I’m still in the midst of battle against it; it’s just such a perfect site and app!

So, I guess this is really just step 1 in my 12-step program; my name is Nick and I have a Twitter problem.

 

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1 Response to Hi. My name is Nick and I have a Twitter problem.

  1. sydhavely says:

    You make me want to applaud. Still, social media is here to stay, but like any addictive habit or substance, moderation is the key. Sounds like you’re on the right path. Great post.

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