Boycott Social Media? Why One U.S. Senator Says Yes



BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- After a week of watching sewage flow through social media in the form of false and defamatory smears of the kids from that Florida high school advocating for gun law reform after the massacre there, I’m considering bailing on the likes of Twitter and Facebook altogether.

And it’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a Harvard grad, former college professor and university president, is someone who seems to have the courage of his convictions.

He took heat in early 2016 when he became the first GOP senator to say he wouldn’t support Donald Trump if he became the Republican presidential nominee. Trump “thinks he’s running for king,” he said.

And now, at a moment when it seems every politician in America from the president on down is flocking to Twitter as a way to get their message out, Senator Sasse – who was once one of the most active tweeters in Washington--is boycotting it.

He says he shut Twitter down over Christmas weekend to take a break, and found that it “felt pretty great” to be rid of it.

Sasse shut off the notifications that fuel the social-media addiction of so many, and stopped looking at Twitter. And he says he hopes he can be a role model to his own kids and to other parents struggling to deal with the emerging realization that, as Sasse puts it, “social media is designed to create dopamine hits for teenage kids.”

And for adults, too. Twitter and Facebook aren’t making us more informed, they’re making us dumber.

Nice to see someone in Washington really gets that, and is willing to be a role model by walking away from it.

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