[Ed. – Let’s call an addiction an addiction.]
Twitter is a hellscape.
Most people who use it agree on that.
Hang out there long enough, and people will send you truly horrible messages. A 2015 study by Kick It Out found that, out of 134,000 abusive social-media mentions, 88 percent of them occur on Twitter.
When people aren’t being called names, they’re finding that foolish tweets are costing them their jobs and their money. Roseanne Barr’s hit TV show was canceled in May the same day she sent out a racist tweet about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was fired by Disney in July after some of his old tweets joking about pedophilia and rape were brought to light. …
So, why doesn’t everyone log off? (Gunn, Musk and Barr all still have active Twitter accounts, and the latter two have tweeted recently, with Barr offering this comment on the new spinoff of her show “The Conners”: “I AIN’T DEAD!”)
Plenty of people say they’re going to cancel their accounts and then find themselves back there within a few weeks or months.