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February 19th, 2019

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Don’t waste your life on Twitter

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

The energy that goes into writing tweets is also energy that could instead go into works of lasting value. I’ve noticed that with all of my favorite writers, the moment when they turn to Twitter seems to be a moment when their production of high quality books/essays seems to go into decline. One of my favorite economists had a 10 year streak when he was absolutely on fire, then he started tweeting on Twitter, and his production of books and essays almost vanished. When it comes to fiction writers, I could also put J K Rowling into this category.

Everyone should beware of small, frivolous activities that keep us from achieving our life goals. And it seems Twitter is almost uniquely destructive in this regard. Not quite as bad as meth, but not a whole lot better either. And social media, in general, sucks up too much time, for too many people.

If you want to do something great with your life, be careful how you spend your time. If you’d like to create a great game, or a write a great novel, you need to focus on that. Don’t waste your energy on Twitter.

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February 20, 2019
10:41 am

By Just An Observer

A couple of my favorite bloggers started doing twitter. Instead of permanent additions to knowledge, there is a long stream of interesting but ephemeral tweets.

March 30, 2019
4:51 am

By Orbay

I agree, but you consider a great game a great achievement, not money from wasting other people’s lives?

It may be better that you waste your time on twitter than cause millions to become zombified, especially when they are young and without guidance or restrictions on such things.

Your standards of greatness are unambitious.

March 30, 2019
5:31 pm

By lawrence

Orbay, with any type of creative endeavor, I think you’ll find 90% of the output is mediocre. That is true for paintings, poems, sculpture, novels, and games. I don’t think I would suggest that novels are uniquely good or games uniquely bad. But if the question is “What should a person do with their life?” my point is it is best to focus ones energy on producing work that at least has a chance of having lasting value, rather than wasting one’s energy on something ephemeral, which will be forgotten.

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