Can We Live Without Twitter?

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“[T]he problem is that Twitter has come to define ‘real life’.” Twitter, for all its potential to be a worthwhile platform for political discussion due to its democratising nature, seems to be incredibly ineffective at making a difference and changing opinions. So, is it possible to step away? Daniel Bessner says it’s not, unless we’re willing to sever our connection to “reality”; it is estimated that 50,000 hours of a 70-year old human’s life is dedicated to social media, effectively turning the virtual world into “real life”. Read full article here

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