After a long period of personal reflection, I have decided to step away from Twitter for personal use for an indefinite period of time.
I will still be posting to the platform, but only from automated platforms in order to promote content that I produce, be it the Tall Friendly Atheist Dad podcast or other podcasts that I appear on.
But my decision comes down to these three factors (and Elon taking over Twitter is not one of them):
1. The ability of people to easily misunderstand each other on Twitter.
2. Bad-faith actors and the toxic environment.
3. Making a choice about where to put my time and energy.
One of the things I found about Twitter was how easy it is to misunderstand and misconstrue the words of someone, to the point that friendships gets ruined. Not only that, but also how toxic debate can be - ESPECIALLY if you're discussing hot-button topic like gender or abortion. And this isn't to mention the fact that ideological opponents seem more than willing to try ruin your personal life over disagreements.
I slowly realised that I got sick of taking the time and effort to couch my language and carefully select my words, only for people to accidentally misconstrue my intent (requiring more time and energy in apologies and the like), or act like asshats and deliberately misconstrue anyway.
And the other thing I realised was that I was investing way too much emotional energy in to endless arguments and unprofitable uses of time.
So yeah, if anyone who reads this sees I haven't been posting much on Twitter, that's why. I'm still creating content, but I'm doing it at my own pace and for my enjoyment. I just hope that you enjoy and find it informative!
I will be cancelling "The Great Televangelist Showdown" with immediate effect. The time and effort required to keep that up, alongside all the other stuff I do, ensured its demise.
I am still on social media, but just keeping things to myself, and I will be sporadically checking DMs incase you want to contact me directly.
Until next time, stay safe...