Dial T for Twitter Addiction
The other day my mom asked me to explain Twitter to her.
As someone who spends my days feeding the smartest possible one-liners to my army of Twitter followers, yours truly is certainly more than qualified to introduce her to the magic.
So i brushed my shoulders, turned up the collar of (much to my dismay) my collarless tshirt, and with the air of a true social media expert, turned to her.
Mom: You spend your entire day on Twitter. I dont get it. What’s the fun?
Me: It’s beautiful. You follow people. People follow you. You get into discussions. Intellectual growth happens. Twitter brings so many people together to truly harness the power of social media.
Mom: But what do you get out of it?
Me: It’s all about social media. Everything is on Twitter. Everybody is on Twitter. All news channels follow Twitter. If you dont go social, you get left behind in this world.
Mom: Hmm. Sounds like a waste of time. Does it help your work at all?
Me: Oh no. There’s no link. I just post funny one liners, jokes etc. People love them, and then tell me how i am the funniest man on earth since Mohammad Bin Tughlaq. I am so cool, people retweet my tweets by the boatload. Everybody loves me.
Mom: But you spend so much time doing this. You wake up, and check Twitter. You stop at a traffic light, and the phone is in your hand. The other day your son wanted to play in the park, and you didnt have any time. Seems to me like an addiction.
Me: *laughs lightly* Oh hardly. That is just for fun. Utilizing spare time. Traffic lights can be so boring.
Mom: Do you even make any money from Twitter, given the time you devote to it?
Me: Err? Money? No! That’s not the point at all.
Mom: Do you know any of these people you follow?
Me: Umm, not yet, but i plan on setting up a tweetup to meet some of my Twitter friends.
Mom: I see. Makes a lot of sense. You avoid doing anything in your spare time so you can be buried in your computer writing jokes for which you don’t get paid, for people you’ve never actually met.
Me: But it is social media. It is all powerful. It is where the action is. It is wonderful. I have so many followers. People like me so much…
Mom: Are you in touch with any of your friends from college?
Mom: Are you in touch with any of your friends from school?
Mom: I hereby rest my case.
[What is Twitter to you? Do you think you are addicted to it? Do you think it takes up too much of your time? Use the comments space to share your thoughts.]
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