Author Neil Gaiman has announced that he will take a long break from social media to better focus on his work. The Guardian has the details:

Gaiman thanks his Twitter followers in his latest novel for helping him check the prices of sweets in the 1960s but confesses that he would have “written the book twice as fast” without them.

He says the problem isn’t the amount of time spent using social media; it’s how it spreads into every cranny of our existence.

“People ask me where I get my ideas from,” he said, “and the answer is that the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored.”

“I feel that I’m getting too dependent on phones, on Twitter,” he said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. That instant ability to find things out, to share. I want to see what happens when I take some time off.”

“I’m in the middle of a project right now retelling old myths,” he said. “It might be nice to do that for a while, just to have the voices echoing in my head.”

Read the entire story here.

  • haseebqureshi

    I’ve removed both Twitter and Facebook from my mobile device, and I feel as if I am more aware of my identity, and can better listen to my inner judgment. Thank you for writing this post – we are starting to have more symbiotic experiences with our handheld devices, and it is nice to untether every once and awhile so we can affirm our inner thoughts and perspectives.

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