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A 14-year-old and her Love-Hate Relationship with Twitter

CJ Westerberg, August 29, 2012 12:36 AM

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photo: Maude Apatow

Editor's Note: Not every 14-year has a dad who is dubbed "Hollywood's comedy king"
along with an article in The New York Times, which no less, describes her relationship with social media (and her family). Still, I found Maude Apatow's blog post in Hello Giggles a  portrayal worth the read about the pros and cons of social technology from a teen's perspective
as it relates to the "time factor."  

What do you think?  Send related links that you like -    - C.J. Westerberg
 


Falling Out of Love with Twitter

by Maude Apatow

I used to write more, before I got addicted to technology. I was going through my old journals from elementary school, pre-cell phone, and saw that I wrote so many short stories and poems. The excuse I tell myself is that I don't have time, but that isn't true. I do have time, but I am wasting it reading tweets and looking at Willow Smith's Instagram. The amount of time that I spend on my phone scares me. The amount of time I see other people on their phones makes me realize that what I'm doing isn't important and I shouldn't be wasting my time. Getting invested in other people's relationships just makes you feel bad about yourself and maybe feeling bad feels good sometimes.

I read into technology too much and it makes me sad. I take every "like" and "follow" personally. I take everything personally in real life as well, so maybe it isn't different. Constantly having something to do like check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram makes me feel like I don't have time to do other things like write or read. I feel like my brain is getting smaller and I cant think of any new ideas to write about. Sometimes when I start thinking about things that make me upset or I feel like I am thinking too much, I go on my phone to shut my brain down. I have been thinking about checking my phone the entire time I have been writing this.

I put so much pressure on myself to make sure my writing is good (whatever that means) that I stopped. I gave up and got involved in social networking. All I think about when I don't have my phone is checking it. When I don't have it, I don't feel safe. (I secretly think one of the many reasons I didn't like summer camp was missing my phone and feeling disconnected.

Why do I tweet? I like twitter because reading about what other people are doing makes you forget about what you have to do. I like Twitter because it makes me laugh. I like Twitter because it informs me when something important has happened. I like Twitter because it makes me feel closer to celebrities that I know I will never be close to. I like Twitter because reading about crazy things other people do makes me feel normal. I like Twitter because people are so  nice to me and it makes me feel happy.


I hate Twitter because it consumes me and I never stop thinking about it. I hate Twitter because it fills my brain with sad news and events. I hate Twitter because people are so mean to me for no reason and I don't understand why. I hate Twitter because it exposes me to disgusting people who bully others. I hate Twitter because when I get mean messages,I like to look for mean messages about other people I like, because it makes me feel better, like I'm not the only one. I hate Twitter because it makes me jealous. I hate Twitter because it makes me feel bad about myself. I hate Twitter because it makes me feel good about myself.

I bet I will tweet this article.

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Maude Apatow is addicted to technology, even though she knows it's destroying her.
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