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(55) Anonymous, September 8, 2011 1:26 AM

I am a 12 year old girl in gr 7. I agree I am not into twitter or for the matter Facebook. Even if I was which I am totally not my parents would never allow it. I am going through a weird stage. All my classmates are sneaking Facebook and twitter (when I say sneaking I mean not telling there parents) I am one of the only ones who aren't. Baruch hashem up to now I am a very sociable girl. I go to eitz Chaim school in thorn hill but recently a lot has changed. 2 months ago I decided not to watch tv or movies just because there's more important things in life. When my parents saw I wasn't watching tv they asked why, but I really don't know why all of sudden that's what I decided. I also decided a week ago I want to go to a more religious high school then all my friends, am I going crazy? Why all of a sudden do i feel so much stronger towards yiddishkeit, I know it's a good thing but....I don't know. My friends no now when I am there and they r speaking loshon hara I will leave, today I was walking near them and they told me they were speaking badly so I shouldn't even try to be part of the conversation. Wow, I've gone off topic!!! Anyway, I dont think u should get twitter, there's better things to do then tweet!

(54) Denis MacEoin, June 15, 2011 2:07 PM

I closed my FB account

I closed my Facebook account because it was such a staggering waste of time. In the beginning I made 'friends' with numerous people I didn't know. I would then be shown their pages, filled with junk. Why should I care if some half-stranger (or total stranger) has just eaten breakfast or read an obscure book or heard their kid say something cute? And why should I write down my latest wise thoughts so they can ignore them? Twitter strikes me as even more pointless. Go out for coffee with your friends, have them round to dinner, ring them on the phone. Online stuff is already alienating, why increase that sense of never being properly in touch?

(53) Anonymous, May 16, 2011 12:19 AM

no way!!

Twitter is taking over people's live, that is along with texting. I was grocery shopping last week for Shabbos and someone was shopping, and texting while her baby was sitting in the shopping cart looking at her. His expression made it seem like he wanted to say, "Mommy, pay attention to me." All this social network stuff has a purpose but a specific time and place and it is being overused!!!!

(52) Avital, May 10, 2011 3:30 PM

Twitter is exactly what you want it to be. Not more, not less.

I think the most prominent misunderstanding of what Twitter is, or better: can be, is that it's about lurking and peeping into strangers' lives (strangers who obviously don't care about modesty). THAT is the actual craze. Twitter as a marketing tool is very powerful. Twitter as a means to keep up with friends and close ones is a very powerful tool. You just have to know how to put it to the right use and tailor it to suit your very own, particular needs. And believe me, you're not selling out your soul or privacy when you don't want to (unlike with Facebook, where even "privacy" is not what you think it is, because of the way it is built and run). When you see "the masses" not caring about their privacy, then that, in my opinion, is because they have misunderstood the real benefits and meaning of Social Media. Because there is no evil in Social Media as such. Of course, people could still use email and text messaging to talk when they can't meet or talk on the phone. But they could also put a chat client or, yes, Twitter to good use to keep up with what's going on.

(51) Remsen Bauknight, May 9, 2011 2:36 PM

Trivial couriosity is a step toward spiritual demise.

Tweet and other communications like that are possibly substitutes for sharing with God and our inner self. Benard of Clarvaux says curiosity about our neighbor leads to gossip and is the first step of spiritual demise; and that light mindedness, or inability to discern trivia from serious matters, is the second step. Are we on the way toward loss of love of neighbor and contempt for God?

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