Twitter may be a good place to disseminate your best one-liners, post pictures from a night on the town and follow your favorite taste-makers, but the micro-blogging site can also have a dark side. Here are four ways to know when it’s time to step away (either for a short time or for good), as shown by celebrity Twitter users.
In a must-watch Conan interview, C.K. ranted against our distracted mobile culture, saying social media is ruining our ability to experience stillness. “You need to build the ability to just be yourself and not be doing something,” he said. “That’s being a person, right?” If you find yourself developing a dependency on the distraction from day-to-day life Twitter offers, it may be time to log off for a while.
In April, Parks and Recreation star and mustache expert Offerman abruptly tweeted, “Twitter was a mistake. I’m leaving it behind and going outside to look at nature, then use my hands to make something. Join me. Goodbye.” If you feel like Twitter is taking up too much of your time that could be spent doing something better, don’t be afraid to give it up.
Last January, the Hollywood superstar decided to finally start tweeting. It lasted less than a week. Just a few days after launching her account and accumulating nearly 1 million followers, she sent her final tweet: “5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern its purpose. #WhatIsThePoint???” Moral of the story: Twitter isn’t for everyone. If it’s more of a burden than an outlet, don’t feel pressure to keep it going.
The Lost co-creator signed off the site after negativity began taking a toll on him. In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I’m not looking for empathy. I’m just looking for a way to stop. Alcoholics are smart enough to not walk into a bar. My bar is Twitter.” If you’re getting addicted to responding to your own critics, take Lindelof’s advice and just stop listening to the haters.