1. I’ve been feeling busy lately. I started a class and unlike some others I’ve taken it actually has homework! I’m also trying to finish this online class that I have had 9 months to finish, but online + my own pace = terribleness and I will never take an online class ever again EVER. (That is in equation form because I am learning the maths.) (My instructor might point out that those statements aren’t actually equal and as such I am reinforcing the norm of not always using the equal sign correctly.)
2. One night I was trying to work on my computer and the internet just kept reminding me of its existence, all the time. And the icon on Tweetie kept appearing, kept reminding me that there were tweets in the world, and I realized something so simple yet profound: I could turn off Tweetie.
3. It was nice.
4. Other profound but simple things I have realized while trying to get work done and yet still being connected to the internet: I can close all these tabs that aren’t google docs! I can turn off gchat!
5. And so, in this busy time of life I decided to give up twitter. Temporarily. For the most part.
6. “For the most part” being that I still sometimes check my secret curated list and feel comforted knowing that I’m not missing much.
7. The first few days were tough, and not because I cared so much about what other people had to say. It was mostly because I had very important thoughts and I couldn’t share them on facebook because of coworkers, and I couldn’t share them on twitter because we’re on a break, and I was alone with amazing thoughts, none of which I remember now.
8. It made me think: surely there have been times in history, even recent history, where people had insightful thoughts and were alone. What happened to them? Were they written in paper journals that will later be cherished by grandchildren or auctioned by collectors?
9. Then I realized that is stupid, OF COURSE PEOPLE HAD (HAVE) THOUGHTS! It’s only in recent times that twitter etc. created a new brain need to type our fleeting thoughts into text boxes.
10. This introspective period was short though, and then it was simply: I am not checking twitter and I don’t really miss it.
11. The question then is, what do I do when the busy period is over? Shutter my account? Check in when I feel like it? Return all-in, with tweets invading my computer space every few minutes?