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Does anyone care what you're doing right now? (i.e. is Twitter useful?)

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Twitter has become a modern phenomena. Yet, many question whether it has really added in significant value to humanity. Does it cut-down on deeper human communications, and more meaningful interactions?

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Present: Does Twitter contribute or distract from the present?

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  • Twitter fosters appreciation for what you are doing now. It is important to write about what you are doing at present, as it allows you to illuminate and appreciate the meaning of your present actions. Sometimes, when people plod along in life without writing or reflecting on their actions, this deeper meaning eludes them.
  • Sharing what you are doing now fosters appreciation for now. Sharing what you are doing at present creates a greater appreciation within yourself for the actions you are taking at this moment. It is certainly beneficial to an appreciation of the present to journal about your life. But, taking the next step and journaling publicly via twitter requires that one open their present actions to public scrutiny, which subsequently engenders greater personal care for the actions one is taking presently.
  • Twitter can be used to deepen your understanding of current issues. Various news sources, public affairs shows, academic institutions, debate clubs and intellectual publications use twitter to provide an easily scannable list of topics with links to supporting material.


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  • Twitter is just a distraction. "TWEETING" what you're doing does not always make you appreciate more what you're doing. You'll get to enjoy what you're doing when you are with you're friends or family or a love one and not through tweeting. Besides, how can people be so sure that what the person tweeted is true or not. Once a person tweeted something it's out in the public and this could affect the privacy and even the security of a person. It will be publicize, what a person is doing, where a person is and the like. Plus not all of the topics in twitter are that academic and intellectual (such as Bustin Jieber, mini lady gaga and such). Tweeting can't add more appreciation to what a person is doing and it can even risk the security of a person.


  • Twitter distracts from deeper interactions in the present. No, Twitter makes people think in terms of everyone but who they are with, including themselves. It takes away silence and dilutes our ability to "be present," both of which are essential for critical thinking to take shape and authentic relationships to form. Plus, it's like the Volkswagen commercial: "In life, there are drivers and there are passengers. Drivers wanted." I don't want to live in a world of following and being followed.


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