Fourteen-year-old Maude Apatow — writer, student and daughter of director Judd — has written a sharp little essay about her love/hate relationship with Twitter. It reads, in part:
I used to write more, before I got addicted to technology. I was going through my old journals from elementary school, pre-cell phone, and saw that I wrote so many short stories and poems. The excuse I tell myself is that I don't have time, but that isn't true. I do have time, but I am wasting it reading tweets and looking at Willow Smith's Instagram. The amount of time that I spend on my phone scares me. The amount of time I see other people on their phones makes me realize that what I'm doing isn't important and I shouldn't be wasting my time. Getting invested in other people's relationships just makes you feel bad about yourself and maybe feeling bad feels good sometimes.
It's kind of crazy that such a smart, precocious young lady (14!) feels like she's not as prolific and productive as she used to be. On the one hand, she's still a kid. She should be "wasting" time, making a few bad decisions, exploring conversations and photographs and inspirations. Living a life in which every single moment of the day must be scheduled and constructive and and stimulating is really not possible, or healthy. Let's not put all the blame on technology, either. When I was fourteen, IM, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Pinterest did not exist. And yet! I still managed to "waste" time. I talked on the phone for hours (something kids today probably can't even imagine), I made cassette tapes of radio shows (?), I tried new hairstyles, experimented with weird clothing combinations, and watched an epic amount of shitty television.
On the other hand! Can you imagine what Maude — who just got her braces off and yet has already published a smattering of essays and interviews for Hello Giggles and Teen Vogue — might be able to accomplish without distraction? Making us all look bad, that's for sure.
Falling Out Of Love With Twitter [Hello Giggles]