Have you ever noticed that the politicians you admire tend to retire early and the ones you despise stay in office until their staff members have to roll them into the chamber for votes? Tom Coburn retired but Diane Feinstein is running again (at age 84.)
Apparently, the same rule applies to social media. One of the great Republican Twitter masters, Senator Ben Sasse has decided to "take a break" from social media. What started as a Christmastime avoidance has been extended indefinitely. "We don’t have smartphones in our house much on Sundays.....Christmas weekend I decided to take a longer-than-just-Sunday social media Sabbath. And after it had gone on four days it felt pretty great." (Someone should tell him that Christians give up things like Twitter for Lent, not Christmas!)
As much as I'm going to miss his snarky commentary, I can certainly understand his decision. I am a confesses social media junkie. But, like many people today it is my major source (OK, it's almost my SOLE source) of news and communication. If I need to reach somebody, my first instinct is to PM them on Facebook. I LITERALLY learned that my step-father died when someone posted it. (I'm sure a family member would have gotten around to calling me EVENTUALLY, but still.) It's where I get breaking news, weather updates and political editorials. I have friends that I would NEVER hear from if not for Facebook.
On the flipside, it's also a source of endless torment. My news feed is littered with pictures of scarred children and please to "like and share." One relative posts nothing but tripe from garbage sites. Another who works the night shift gets bored on her job and shares posts filled with profanity. So, I wake up in the morning and have to scroll past all of that to find out if a war started last night.
So, hats off to Ben Sasse for having the courage to do what so many of us NEED to do but can't find the strength. I will miss your hilarious Tweets and eagerly wait your return.
In the meantime, I will start a campaign to get Sean Hannity and Jerome Corsi to join him in his retirement from Twitter.
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