Twitter is an amazing way to express yourself in 140 characters or less, but, every once in a while, it’s important to take a break to express yourself in real life. Out loud. In front of a real person, not a computer screen, and in as many damn characters as you want!
We’re not saying you should quit Twitter, but you could probably learn a thing or two from these celebrities who have. Some for a few days, some forever, but all for good reason:
+ Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus quit Twitter back in 2009, and she did it in the most epic way possible: with a rap song. In the song, she explained that she wanted to keep her “private life private.” And she did, until 2011, when she Tweeted for the first time after a 17-month break.
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+ Kanye West
When Kanye West Tweeted “BE BACK SOON,” I wanted to respond with “WE DON’T CARE.” But I did care, like I always do when Kanye does something Kanye-like. The rapper’s hiatus only lasted for two days. Go figure, Yeezy.
It’s totally OK to tell your friends and followers, like Kanye did, that you’ll BRB if you feel like social media is becoming too much of a downer or a distraction.
+ Megan Fox
5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern it's purpose. #WhatIsThePoint ???— Megan Fox (@meganfox) January 9, 2013
Megan Fox quit Twitter in 2013, after only five days on the social network. But not before posting gems like this:
Photo: (Twitter/Megan Fox)
A lot of people were probably hoping Megan Fox would post some more, how do we say this, “Rihanna-like” photos before she quit Twitter, but all they got was R2D2. Like Megan, we need to be mindful of what we post and who’s gonna see it. You may be able to delete a Tweet, and even an entire Twitter account, but, rest assured, every word you wrote and photo you posted is still out there on the Internet somewhere. And do you really want your future boss finding that picture of you lookin’ way out of it at Coachella when considering you for a job five years from now?
+ John Mayer
John Mayer quit Twitter in late 2010 because he felt like it was hindering his creativity. Social media can hinder a lot of things in our lives.
When was the last time you took a hike without photographing it? When was the last time you went dinner without checking your phone? When was the last time you had a long conversation with a friend without feeling a major urge to text another?
If it’s been a while, I challenge you to try to connect with people in real life just as much and as often as you attempt to connect with them online. You’re a beautiful person, and more people deserve to see you and hear you, free from buzzing and notifications.
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