6 Reasons to Stop Using Twitter

Twitter is a one of the most popular social networks in the world. It lets anyone share their thoughts and internet findings — as long as they can deliver them 140 characters at a time. Twitter gives everyone a voice, whether you’re a mega-star like Katy Perry or a kid with an internet connection. But like most online services, Twitter isn’t perfect. It turns out there are plenty of reasons to stop using Twitter altogether. Since we’ve already gone over how to delete your Twitter account, now is as good a time as any to look at the reasons why you might want to do just that.

1. Nuzzel

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Try Nuzzel to stay current on the articles your friends are sharing on Twitter | Nuzzel

If you use Twitter primarily to see articles people are sharing, you don’t need to spend time swiping through Twitter to find them. That’s because there’s Nuzzel, an app that curates the stories shared by the people you follow on Twitter. All you have to do is give the app permission to access your Twitter account, and it gathers all the web links people share in one easy-to-read feed.

The stories are listed in order of the number of times your friends shared them. That means the biggest stories on your Twitter feed shoot right to the top, where you’re most likely to see them.

Another useful feature is that it does the same for the articles shared by the friends of your friends, so you can stay on top of what’s important to people in your extended network. In short, Nuzzel can save a ton of time you’d otherwise spend sifting through the cruft of Twitter to find the gems.

2. Save time

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Twitter can waste a lot of your time | iStock.com

Many Twitter users spend enormous chunks of their free time on Twitter. Heck, some people use it to procrastinate even when they have no free time at all. Making matters worse, all too often the things you read on Twitter add nothing of value to your life at all.

If you quit Twitter, just think of all the hours you could free up to use on something that’s actually fulfilling and adds enrichment to your life. Isn’t it time to call it quits?

3. It’s addictive

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Twitter can be addictive | Synergetic Distribution

Like other social networks, checking Twitter can be addictive. It can become the activity you turn to habitually whenever you’re not occupied with something else. A Twitter addiction might not be as damaging as a drug addiction, but it’s a compulsion you don’t need in your life. If you call it quits, chances are you’ll be happier and healthier for it.

4. Negative vibes

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Twitter can be full of negative comments | Warner Bros. Pictures

We all know it feels good to vent sometimes. It turns out some people also enjoy berating strangers on Twitter. This kind of thing happens constantly, turning the open forum into a negative place to be much of the time. If you want to lead a positive life removed from a swamp of negativity, signing off Twitter may be your best bet.

5. It can harm your career

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Your career could be in jeopardy if you post something you shouldn’t on Twitter | iStock.com/MishaBeliy

Unless you make your account private — and why bother with the service if you’re going to do that? — everything you post on Twitter is public information available for everyone to see. If you get careless and post something you shouldn’t, it lives online forever unless you think to delete it later. And if you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance your potential employers will check your social networks as part of their due diligence. Your old tweets may come back to haunt you.

6. It can be lonely

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Gaining followers on Twitter can be difficult | iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Unless you have some kind of public-facing job, it can be tough to rack up followers on Twitter. When your follower count is low and no one ever responds to anything you tweet, it can feel like you’re shouting into the void on Twitter. That’s because you basically are. Unless you have lots of active followers, most of your tweets will go unanswered. In that case, you’re better off posting your thoughts elsewhere.