I can relate so much to this! It happens to me, and if you notice that sometimes I’ll be very interactively posting, commenting, and sharing on social media, and then I suddenly disappear, that’s what happened. And I feel really guilty when I withdraw and abruptly stop responding, because often I’m the one who initiated all the interaction to begin with… But then it just sort of steamrolled me.
If you’re like me, you probably know how it feels to get overwhelmed when too many people are talking at once. Maybe it’s a relaxed group conversation, or an animated classroom discussion. Maybe you’re trying to have a conversation in a crowded restaurant. But whether or not the majority of voices are directed at you, just the sheer volume — both the volume of noise and the volume of words/thoughts/ideas — begins to overwhelm any single voice, any single unit of information being conveyed.
Sometimes the internet feels like that to me. Especially when it comes to social media, and particularly when it comes to Twitter: whether people are directing their words toward me or not, there are just too many voices for me to process.
And when that happens, I lose my own voice.
I lose my voice because I have to pull back. Otherwise I get lost in…
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