I love Twitter. The reason I love Twitter is not because I can listen in on what celebrities are doing, but because my Twitter feed contains tons of posts from interesting people about interesting things. I’ve blogged about some of these before, often relating to things posted by Kathy Gill or Hanson Hosein.
If you have read posts from previous weeks, you might recall my comments on Hosein’s post “Death to Distraction.” Today, thanks to Katey Deeny, I found someone else who shares our views. On July 16, 2010, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Bob Herbert wrote a piece entitled “Tweet Less, Kiss More.” In it, Herbert shares many of the same sentiments that Hosein and myself (as well as many others) have:
I don’t think we can stay in touch with our song by constantly Twittering or tweeting, or thumbing out messages on our BlackBerrys, or piling up virtual friends on Facebook.
We need to reduce the speed limits of our lives. We need to savor the trip. Leave the cellphone at home every once in awhile. Try kissing more and tweeting less. And stop talking so much.
I couldn’t agree more. I was recently on a trip to the Oregon coast, and tried to keep my phone away as much as possible, only bringing it out to search for restaurants on Yelp and take pictures. It was a wonderful feeling of freedom and disconnectivity.