Twitter Break

Twitter Break

Choosing to take a step back from toxic things in life
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A couple weeks ago I decided to take a break from Twitter, and it has honestly been one of the best decisions I've made this year. I made my first Twitter account when I was a freshman in high school. I didn't know exactly how twitter worked, but I knew all of the cool people used it and that it was fun, and back then all I wanted to do was be cool and fit in. Thought I was strong enough to not fall into temptation, but I was sadly mistaken.

At first, I would check twitter once or twice a day since I didn't have a smartphone at the time. I was also determined to not let Twitter become my life like I knew it did for some people. The content I tweeted, liked, and retweeted were your basic relatable girl and high school tweets; nothing serious. However , it was not long until I fell into the Twitter world trap. After I got my smartphone, I would scroll through my Twitter feed during class none stop. It didn't take me long to gain a good amount of followers with my sudden spurt of activity, and I quickly decided that I needed to grow my account as big as I could. So, what was originally intended to just be a fun little thing, became a toxic waste of time.

Being on Twitter all the time, and seeing and associating myself with negative content had a very bad and prominent effect of me. Whatever hardship I was dealing with at the time was reflected in the content I was putting out and sharing. This bad habit continued for about five years, and during the summer between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college I decided to start over. I deleted my old account and made a new one. Once again, I restarted with the intention of creating a none toxic feed. For a while I was successful, but was soon followed by some users from my old account. The situation didn't become as toxic as the last, but I stills didn't like what I saw.

I decided to do some house keeping, and unfollowed those I saw as toxic. This time however the change stuck. I have been able to keep my feed to something that greatly reflects a human who loves funny sarcastic tweets, traveling, and music. However, I still had some anxiety about falling into the negativity and popularity. Plus as school started I didn't have time to waste an hour or two on Twitter like I had in the past. I was weary of the idea of not using Twitter, but I knew better and without a second thought deleted the app from my phone. Ever since that day, I have felt a sense of freedom. And truthfully I haven't really missed it like I thought I would. Now don't get me wrong Twitter can be a wonderful place to share and connect with others on different topics, but for me that wasn't the case. Now, I check Twitter once a week for about 5 minutes, and am completely satisfied with myself. Sometimes you just need to step back, get some perspective, and make the choice to make the right decision for yourself.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

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After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

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