24 January 2019

Why I Finally Left Twitter

Yesterday I deactivated my Twitter account. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, but I was finally pushed over the edge. What was the last straw? The incident with the Covington Catholic students and social media’s response.

Now I’m not going to get into the politics of the incident. Everyone seems to have an opinion, and I don’t think adding one more opinion makes any difference one way or the other. But I will say the response to the incident (on Twitter in particular) has been reprehensible.

Twitter has turned ugly, and the doxing of teenagers and wishing evil things to happen to them is not a place I want to be. So I had to ask myself: Would I tolerate this talk and behavior in the real world? Of course the answer is no, so it was time to say good-bye to Twitter.