“The #good, the #bad and the #ugly” (Features, 12 July) highlights the benefits as well as distractions that social media hold for academics.
A few months ago, I deleted my Twitter account and significantly improved my mental health. I do not miss the constant stream of mostly useless tweets at all. I have not signed up to Facebook and cannot see any reason to do so.
Unfortunately, LinkedIn seems to be becoming a social media site rather than a professional networking site with routine stages in professional life trumpeted as if they were research breakthroughs. Luckily, I am old enough for none of this to matter in my career but I do worry about the effect on younger academics.