I’ve gotten completely pissed off with the idea of Twitter. I’ve casually used it for over six months and I’ve just realized how much of a time waster it is. It isn’t simplyfying anything for me, if anything it’s overcomplicating my life. Do I really need a feed of posts from a website I check regularly? No. Do 85% of the “tweets” (ugh seriously) I read contain anything interesting or personally relevant? No. So why am I wasting my time checking this thing twice a day? No good reasons.
I’m a busy person and I would hope if people really needed to contact me it wouldn’t be Perez Hilton style ala Twitter. I thought text messaging was bad enough, but Twitter has whittled down our connection to something so vague and nondescript I don’t see much of a purpose unless you’re promoting anything.
What I find even more disturbing is that as I’ve given more and more time to social media over the last 5 years, I haven’t gotten a lot back on my investment. Do I know a lot of information about people I don’t regularly communicate with, yes. Do I have stronger and better interpersonal skills? Hell no. There have been far too many times I’ve tried to convey an important event via text messaging only to resort to “you aren’t getting this, let me know when I can call you”.
Considering the following breakdown of human communication:
Person to person: Communication through the means of body language, eye contact, facial expressions, vocal tone, word choice, and the conversation is unlimited.
Phone: You still got vocal tone, world choice, and the conversation is unlimited as long as both people have phones and good phone plans.
Facebook: An unlimited box to leave comments, but you don’t get tone or facial expressions.
Text messaging: Limited number of characters, no vocal tone. Maybe a smiley face at the end of it will help you convey what you’re trying to say.
Twitter: Very limited number of characters, can’t really get specific and maybe you’ll have enough room to tack on an emoticon.
Considering that the vast majority of communication is based on the interpretation of nonverbal cues, I think we’re screwing ourselves over.