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TWITTER: THE DARK SIDE
Are We Getting Stupider, Alienated, and Insane?

Over 95% of all traffic on Twitter is automated generated garbage, bots powered, sub-human world of pings and clicks, redirectors, spam and storages of endless bytes. All these activities cost money, waste energy and, yes, pollute!

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Twitter: The Dark Side - Are We Stupider, Alienated and Insane?

Famous Atlantic Monthly article, Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr quotes a study of from University College London - It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense. – and then Twitter enters. Now you can skim over 140 characters if they are not too long for you.

The clinical psychologist Oliver James has serious reservations regarding usability of Twitter - “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”

“We are the most narcissistic age ever,” agrees Dr David Lewis, a cognitive neuropsychologist and director of research based at the University of Sussex. “Using Twitter suggests a level of insecurity whereby, unless people recognize you, you cease to exist. It may stave off insecurity in the short term, but it won’t cure it.”

Quoting Alain de Botton, author of Status Anxiety and the forthcoming The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

“Receiving a tweet is like a friend whispering something in your ear,” says de Botton. “We all want people to whisper secret messages to us. Children like to play ‘I have a secret to tell you’. It’s great fun, but what they say is often not very important.”

“To ‘follow’ someone is to have a fantasy of who this person you’re following is, and you use it as a map reference or signpost to guide your own life because you are lost,” says James. “I would guess that the typical profile of a ‘follower’ is someone who is young and who feels marginalized, empty and pointless. They don’t have an inner life,” he says.

Unless you became depressed now when we all know our tweets are making us insane, alienated zombies while destroying the Planet Earth we may look at the bright side of Twitterdom. First of them is, what else, the money!

 

PART X: Twitter Frenzy?


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