Truth be told, me and my whopping 21 Twitter followers don't communicate much. Mostly because, as a person who manages other company's social media accounts for them, the idea of logging into Twitter at the end of the workday makes me feel pretty grumpy. But a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychology has me rethinking my neglected Twitter account.
The study, led by a university in Canada, examined the psychological states of women who do and do not tweet about sexism. According to the study, those women that regularly use Twitter to vent about experiencing inequality feel more powerful and less helpless in the face of sexism. Don't worry, the irony is not lost on me (or anyone who knows Twitter.) While the social media platform is a highly democratic area to say whatever it is you want to say, it's rampant with internet trolls who often choose women as the target of some pretty foul harassment.
So what does it mean? Should I get on Twitter and vent about the weirdo at the grocery store who called me baby? Should I become a cyber-superhero and take down the sexist internet trolls one 140-character message at a time? Or is Twitter just another tool enabling Millennials to cop out from practicing real activism? If bitching and moaning on Twitter leaves me feeling less threatened, will I still feel the need to practice activism in real life? Maybe in an era where the internet rules all, Twitter is our cultural battleground. Perhaps the tides of sexism and inequality can be turned online. But truly, doesn't something about hiding behind your keyboard feel a little bit...unempowered?
What do you think, readers? Is Twitter the answer, the problem, or just another tool?