Why I’m not a Twit-ter

Look up twit on dictionary.com and you get the following definition:

to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at.

Synonyms: jeer at, mock, insult, deride.

to reproach or upbraid.

Synonyms: chide, scold, rebuke, criticize, revile, castigate.

It seems a pretty accurate description of what appears to go on at Twitter.  I say appears, because I am not a member, but whenever twitter hits the news it’s all about trash talk.  This is enough to keep me away.

Besides the negative connotations that flood the internet, I don’t like the concept of twitter:

Get in-the-moment updates on the things that interest you. And watch events unfold, in real time, from every angle.

So I can be right in the middle of a twitter rant between two Hollywood starlets.  I don’t read that crap in the rag mags why would I want it instantly?  Also, twitter seems to encourage people to post in the moment instead of thinking through their posts.  How many times do you see people apologizing for their twitter posts?  I prefer well-crafted, thought provoking content.

To me, there is just too much negativity associated with twitter for me to want to join.  I’m sure there are people who love twitter and use it in a mature and responsible manner, but that doesn’t make the headlines.

Lastly, to be honest, I’m not a spring chicken.  I didn’t grow up with the internet and instant global news.  Sometimes I feel like there is information overload going on.  We become hardened to it.  In particular, it seems that too many people revel in the spectacle.  What does it say about our society when other people’s embarrassment or public humiliation becomes our entertainment?

Give me a good story any day.

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