I think Twitter has broken my brain.
I’ve been a fan of the social network since 2009. It has been a great way tofriends, meet new people and see funny jokes. It was a great site to check in on during in the workday, full of links to interesting articles and .
Yet sometime in the last few years, Twittera place suitable for a destination to react and shout. At first, I thought maybe the people in my timeline were just , and maybe a little . Yet I’ve heard from plenty others and read articles about the same feeling ― that Twitter has become an unpleasant place to be, but which everyone uses anyway.
On Twitter, the posts that get the most attention tend to take anon a topic. Most issues ― whether they be about the president, a news story or the TV show Game of Thrones ― carry nuance, and can’t simply be described as good or bad. Not so on Twitter. Thanks to the , expressing deeper thoughts is impossible. So making a strong statement, or offering a “ ” as Twitter users call it, has become the approach to using the platform.
This makes sensepolitics and , since these are serious topics that people about. But on Twitter, everything becomes digital . Taylor Swift’s music videos aren’t simply good or bad, but rather “the greatest thing ever” or “racist and sexist.” Sports, video games, ― , it has been argued about on Twitter. Rarely does anyone actually want to hear the other side. They just want to yell out their opinion into the .
Not surprisingly, the results of the U.S. presidential race have made everything worse. Donald Trump’s surprise win in a stronglyelection has only made the all the more . Sure, a lot of issues being tweeted about are worth discussion. But people aren’t really discussing things on Twitter. Instead, people are screaming at individuals who can’t hear them doing anything else. Twitter feels more stressful than fun right now as a result.
I get the feeling it isn’t quite the same for those using Twitter in Japanese, partially because it’s easier to writeopinions using the language, and kanji characters make it easier to stay within the 140-character limit. Maybe in 2017, I’ll practice my Japanese writing more online, if just to give my mind a break.
The Japan Times ST: December 30, 2016