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Twitter was like a wild teenage party I had to leave

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It’s been almost a year now since I quit Twitter and I can’t say I’ve had any regrets.

My reasons for abandoning the popular microblogging website were twofold. The first concerned the disturbing amount of times I found myself checking my phone throughout the day for compulsive scrolling through Twitter and other sites.


I am far from alone in this regard. Two thirds of Australians think they use their mobile device too much, according to a Deloitte Access Economics report Mobile Nation 2019 released on Monday. For Australians aged 18 to 24, it’s nearly three in four. Of these younger Australians, 61 per cent say they are trying to limit their phone use, but only 24 per cent think they’re doing so successfully.

When asked how we feel about our phones, 66 per cent of us profess to find them “helpful”, but 13 per cent admit they're “annoying". One third of us reckon smartphones are a force for “connecting”, but 40 per cent of us find them “distracting”. As for stress levels, 23 per cent reckon our phones can help reduce stress – by assisting in an emergency, for example - but 32 per cent say they increase our stress levels.

My second reason for abandoning Twitter is harder to pin down. Generally, I didn’t like the tone.

Every community has a tone. The things we say and do to........

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