Taking a break from Twitter, a Ramble update

Recently, and as a result of the studies showing that Twitter is chemically addictive, and bad for mood, I decided to take a break from Twitter, especially. This was intended to mean I didn’t hear in great detail any more of the tribulations going on in the US at the time, over the invasion of the Capitol, which was on my Twitter feed in great detail.

I *intended* to only be off during January, but have ended up being off for longer. I still regularly find myself opening my Twitter app, looking at the red number of unread tweets incrementing (over 1,400 last time I checked), and then closing it immediately.

I’ve also massively cut down on my news reading — previously, I was spending 1-2 hours a day reading news via The Guardian app. I’ve had an addiction to reading the news since I was a teenager, so cutting myself off has been odd. Still scanned the headlines now and then — need to know what’s happening with lockdown, but otherwise I’ve mostly disconnected.

Did end up reading a fairly horrific news article on BBC News, some reports coming out of Xinjiang in China. I ended up writing a letter to my MP, the Conservative Steve Barclay, asking what the government was doing in response to it. I’m hoping the response is more than just waffle, but at least I’ve done something, even if it’s very minimal.

My mental health has been fairly dreadful. Still hopeful that my twitter break is helpful, but it’s hard. I tried to only read the tweets of people that a) I found very useful/interesting, or b) who talked to me at least periodically on twitter. It’s been odd not talking to people on twitter, but the past few years I’ve mostly been Re-Tweeting things I agree with, rather than interacting. Might be time to call it over.

Currently, trying to resume work via a phased return. So far so difficult. Still, really struggling to control focus on work, to be able to concentrate on a task steadily over a period.

I think this is enough of a rambly blog for now. Will try to get some more interesting articles/analysis posted, as mental health allows.

2 thoughts on “Taking a break from Twitter, a Ramble update

  1. Connall

    Yes Kirrus! Join me in the Twitter Account deleted world. It’s beautiful and I assure so much better, it’s honestly staggering how much you realise that in the grand scheme of things Twitter really doesn’t matter and you don’t miss out on much when removed from it. It does suck in regards to not having a passive eye on friends, but honestly the benefits I have derived from not having a Twitter account have been great.

    As for news, I try to stick to places that do a week in review kind of thing, it does miss out on a lot, but I find it often cuts down on the noise somewhat of what can often be drivel, or at least just not important to give real estate of your mind to. More about seeing the macro of the world rather than the micro if you know what I mean.

  2. Kirrus Post author

    Was just thinking about you earlier today! How’re you doing? We should play games together again! Say hi in discord or something. Work going okay?

    Weekly makes sense, though trying to stay off bar a quick scan entirely, mental health is truly awful at the moment, so every little helps

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