October 11, 2008

Twitter-ing Their Lives Away

Posted in Update at 2:41 am by Sarah Bosse

The biggest waste of time I’ve heard of in a very long time is called Twitter.  I’m surprised Albert Mohler hasn’t had anything to say about it yet (he hasn’t – I checked)!  Twitter is a “social networking” website, almost similar to MySpace or Facebook, but different.  The purpose, if you want to call it that, of Twitter is to keep people in your network – friends, coworkers, whoever is interested in your pathetic life – up to date on what you are doing from minute to minute.  Literally.  You type in what you’re doing, like “cooking scrambled eggs,” “checking email,” “sleeping as I type this message to let you know I’m sleeping,” “going to movies,” “taking a bath,” “running for my life as I’m being chased by an angry mosquito”.  And your friends, who have equally pathetic and meaningless lives type equally meaningless updates on their comings, goings, and stayings.  These little messages are transmitted to your friends’ cell phones via text messages or to their PDA’s or through email.  So, if you hear that someone you know has Twitter, you can safely assume that they have both no life and no security of identity online.  (No offense to those who potentially like to twitter.)

This is what Twitter.com says about its “services”:

“Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.

  • Eating soup? Research shows that moms want to know.
  • Running late to a meeting? Your co–workers might find that useful.
  • Partying? Your friends may want to join you.”
IMHO (web abbreviation for “in my humble opinion”), if you have to devote a whole webpage with a big button link on your main home page to answer the question “Why?” (i.e. why would I want to use this “service”), then may I suggest that logical people are sincerely questioning why they would want to waste their time, cell phone minutes, and brain capacity Twittering away their day.  
What’s more, if you’ve not been invited to a party I’m attending, it’s probably because you weren’t invited.  Enough said.  And helicopter moms might want to know every moment of your waking day (and perhaps your sleeping night)…but hopefully they have interesting enough lives to keep themselves satisfied with the occasional college student and mom phone call.
Today I was looking at a blog Stephen Altrogge had written to, and in his post he included a picture.  The picture came from despair.com, a humorous website that makes fun of those popular motivational posters and pictures you tend to see in corporate offices, doctor’s offices, and your boss’s office – especially when you prefer NOT to read something “motivational”.  This particular poster had a picture of the grand canyon and a man, very small in the far distance sitting in the canyon and typing on his laptop computer.  The caption says in big bold letters “Blogging” and underneath the picture it says, “Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.”  Yep, that’s pretty discouraging (my visits aren’t high for sure, but I enjoy blogging because I have a poor memory and blogging is an online journal of sorts that helps me remember what I did yesterday, or this morning).  Perhaps they should make one of those “demotivational” posters for those who Twitter their lives away.
Technology is seriously sending us back to prehistoric times through “deintellectual” stimulation.  Cave men would hardly have been entertained.
TGG
Blogging - Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.

Blogging - Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few.

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2 Comments »

  1. Jason Arrington said,

    I thought you might find this funny.

  2. trulygodsgrace said,

    Jason, That was great! Thanks for sharing. *LOL.* TGG


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