Dave Hurst column about not being on social media

At our recent family Easter gathering, a family member known for strong opinions asked me: “Are you on Twitter?”

Upon hearing my “No,” he redirected the question to my son then launched into an extended analysis of Elon Musk’s efforts to purchase the social media platform. Whether he thought Twitter’s “poison pill” action was good or bad, I can’t say, because I immediately stopped paying attention.

The topic couldn’t have been of less interest to me — and was just the latest example of why I’m grateful not to be on social media. That’s gratitude I feel rather often.

Every time social media fuels a demagogue’s unfounded speculations, treats some vapid topic as the year’s biggest controversy, or spreads a potentially self-harming behavior like a contagion, I’m grateful.

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