Monday, May 4, 2009

3 Ways Twitter Has Made Us Dumber

The online mini-blog service known as Twitter has been making headlines lately, both good and bad.  Its I-can-blog-anywhere ease of use coupled with the fact that you can’t post more than 140 characters per message make for a combination that has left me dumbfounded.  Seriously, people.

So I’ve decided to compile an incomplete list of how this service has managed to help its users actually shed IQ points.

First, there was the infamous case of Dave Prager, who decided to Tweet about an intruder in his apartment, as it was happeningI’m all about sharing, but you should really be on the phone with the police during a break in.

Then there is the case of Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer, whose relationship was allegedly torn apart by Mayer’s constant Twittering.  According to a source close to Aniston, Mayer would ignore Jen’s phone calls, emails, and text messages in favor of keeping his Twitter account up to date.

Finally, we have the Twitter marriage proposal.  I’ve decided to omit the link I was going to post, because I do feel that a proposal is a very personal expression, and I’m not going to mess with that.  However, I really hope the lameness of this one doesn’t need explanation.

I’ve always been curious about Twitter, and I’m not negative on the service as a whole.  I do think there are some people out there who really need to evaluate how they approach their personal lives, however.  Sending a message to an online service should not be our natural reaction to danger, our impulse in the stead of a relationship, or our method for solidifying a life together.

I mean, come on!  Get out into the world and live a life!


  1. I couldn't agree more, some people just have too much time on their hands!

  2. I've recently joined the land of twitter and I can't believe some of the "tweets". I don't need to know when someone uses the bathroom! LOL