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A Week Off Twitter

I decided last night to test myself by staying off Twitter for a week. I tried this experiment a few months ago and lasted two days. Am I really such a weak person?

This morning, I was awoken at six AM by the sweetest voices floating in the air. But they were dangerous too; Sirens were trying to distract me. They were the cries of distant women needing me, naked women only wearing the reddest of lipsticks, whispering things i cannot repeat, virtual seductresses luring digital sailors with their 140 character music to shipwreck on the rocky coast of social media.

As it started to drizzle outside my window, I watched the wetness softly hitting the glass, and wondered, “Did they really need me, or did i need them? And was this all in my mind, delusions splashing around my head like the noisy wet waves of the ocean?”

I bit my lip to cause myself pain, and I repeated to myself, “Be strong. I can do this.”


  1. Finn

    Of course you can. We’ll just have our little lesbian orgy without you.

  2. amy turn sharp

    yr a nutter. Yes- our little trial run. I won if I recall correctly! LOL. Good luck babe!

  3. Sandi

    Oh Neil. We’ll all still be there when you get back unless the sorrow of missing you causes us to delete our accounts ;-p

    Enjoy your week away, now excuse me I have to go tweet about where I’m going to have lunch and then complain about the crumbs down my shirt. (See what I did there? If you won’t be on twitter I’ll come and leave inane comments here so you stay in the loop.)

  4. Neil

    So far, so good. But I will be honest. It isn’t easy. I deleted all Twitter apps from my iphone — all 35 of them! I somehow feel that others are having some sort of important conversation that I am missing, and that when I come back, everyone will be talking about the next Justin Bieber, or whatever, and I will be clueless and feel old and boring.

  5. Heather

    But I don’t waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant you to be gooooooooone…

  6. BHJ


  7. WebSavvyMom

    –>I’ve missed your thinking out loud tweets and then wondering if anyone is listening.

  8. Danny

    Is this just a random exercise in self-discipline or do you think you are addicted to Twitter? Isn’t Facebook sorta the same thing?

  9. Marinka

    Oh, you’re not missing a thing on Twitter. Just don’t look for a few more hours.

  10. sarah

    I wondered where you were. Miss your twitter/social-media-related philosophical musings, but good for you for taking a break.

    I’ll be spending a week off Twitter during BlogHer; just sold my ticket (to majorbedhead) & I will be pouting that I’m not there. Reading the endless tweets will depress me. So that will be my Twitter hiatus.

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