Twitter has dominated headlines in recent months with news of Elon Musk's pending purchase of the company, and speculation over whether he'll lift the permanent ban of Donald Trump. But beyond all the talk of shadow bans, content censorship, and political battles, most of the people and activity on Twitter are actually not political. A Pew Research study finds only 6% of Twitter profiles contain political statements or information, while most focus on things like jobs and hobbies.
High Tech Texan Michael Garfield is a longtime avid Twitter user, and believes the platform can be somewhat misunderstood. "It's a very well-trafficked social media site---not as big as Facebook or Instagram---but people from all walks of the world use it," he says.
Garfield counts himself among those many Twitter users who steer away from politics. "I've been on Twitter for 14 or 15 years now, and very rarely do I see politics come up," he tells KTRH. "I follow things that I want to follow...I follow technology, I follow sports, I follow food. So it's really all about how you want to use it."
Despite the heated political rhetoric and all the potential negative aspects of Twitter, Garfield believes it can be a fun and valuable information resource. "It's a quick way to read headlines...you can follow your favorite news feeds like KTRH, you can check traffic, you can check the sports news," he says. "Or you can use it to keep in touch with family and friends."
Of course, when dealing with any form of social media, it's important to keep things in healthy perspective.
"You really have to remember to take everything with a grain of salt," says Garfield. "When I was growing up back in the day, you had to have a journalism degree to actually post to the masses...nowadays, everybody on social media thinks they're a journalist, and you really have to decipher what is true and what is not true."