When I initially joined Twitter over a decade ago, it was a place for me to find giveaways and sweepstakes to enter, product recommendations, and recipes. I could also discuss my favorite books, television shows, and movies with likeminded folks. Twitter is also the reason I started blogging. I have even made a couple of people I would consider friends on Twitter. Basically, Twitter used to be my happy place.
In the last couple of years, however, there has been nothing happy or lighthearted about Twitter. I slowly saw my Twitter feed become less and less about things I loved and more and more about politics and everything that goes along with politics such heated debates about one topic or another that eventually lead to people arguing and bashing each other. Twitter no longer was my happy place and the chaos of my Twitter stream actually stressed me out.
I did a massive unfollow of a lot of negative people, as well as people who mainly tweeted about things that were not relevant to me or no longer interested me. I also found that another good way to enjoy Twitter is muting specific words. For instance, if I no longer want to hear about politics, specific movies or TV shows, or specific people, I just mute words like Trump, president, presidential, republican, democratic, Avengers, Thrones, Kardashian, Jenner, etc. You can choose to mute specific words from your notifications and timeline forever (which you can always go back and change of course) or you can choose to just mute them for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days.
Don't know how to mute words on Twitter? It's pretty easy. All you do is go to settings and privacy, then privacy and safety, then muted, and finally muted words. Viola! You can enjoy Twitter again.
What about you? Has Twitter, or social media in general, ever stressed you out? What steps have you taken?