Why I Quit Twitter and You Should, Too (Lent, Day 21)

Admittedly, I’d only been on Twitter a few weeks.

The truth was, I never much cared for the social media platform, which started in 2006, because I like to talk, and quite frankly, Twitter didn’t offer me the space do to that.

When I finally joined earlier this year, I immediately noticed the toxicity. Whether the posts were from preachers, politicians or just regular old people, Twitter appeared to be a place where even the nicest among us could lash out against injustice, mistreatment, and really, whatever else irritated us.

At first, I tried to be kind. I was going to post positive tweets because that’s my thing! I’m a positive person! Yay me!

But that quickly devolved when I realized just how easy it was to be snarky, which is my alter-ego.

Like an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, Twitter allowed me one too many times to give in to the guy in the little red suit.

Innocently enough, I would post a snark here and a snark there. But what I found was that the replies wouldn’t simply be snarky in return, they would be downright hateful. Here’s an example.

Yes, I used a tweet of former President Trump because Elon Musk recently reinstated his account.

CBS News writes:

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

Elon Musk reinstates Trump’s Twitter account 22 months after it was suspended

Naturally, due to tweets like the above image posted, many people were furious over this move.

I was much angrier about tweets from people who claim to be Christian, however, tweets like this, for example:

This is a man who believes that Black people are lesser human beings than whites and that women should not have a right to vote. He calls himself a Christian, and honestly, these days? That’s the standard.

Knowing Elon supports men like Donald Trump and Stephen Wolfe has made Twitter all the more toxic for those of us who staunchly disagree with these views. Even when we try to counter this with positivity, the pull to argue is just too powerful. We want to fight for injustice, no matter how futile. And arguing behind a computer screen feels like the most futile activity of all.

So, with just a few short weeks of Twitter under my belt, I quit. Permanently. I have no plans to return.

I had wanted to use the social media app as a platform to expose my course. More people seeing God’s Grace and Goodness–His redemption of ALL–is never a bad thing. But the means and methods to get that message across can cancel out any goodness if they’re toxic.

Twitter is toxic.

One can only beg so much, and I don’t intend to do so on my blog. But I urge any of my readers, or anyone who happens to come across this post and is interested in quitting Twitter, to do so now.

Elon must be taught a lesson. Like the rich young school kid who drives the fancy car and thinks he’s cool but doesn’t really have any friends because he’s a socially awkward, insecure child, Musk needs to have his ass handed to him on a platter.

Musk needs to learn a lesson, and it’s up to the common people of the World to teach it.

See you soon,


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