Joss Whedon quit Twitter because it is addictive
Joss Whedon quit Twitter because it is too "addictive"
The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' filmmaker recently departed social media and says he made the decision in order to focus on "getting stuff done" instead of constantly seeking out praise from other users and feeling "sad" when he received negative comments.
He said: "The real issue is me. Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it's there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that's kind of rock bottom for an addict. ... I just had a little moment of clarity where I'm like, You know what? If I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there's hate and then hate and then hate."
And the 50-year-old director felt it important to put himself in a "quiet place" with no distractions so he could properly focus on his work.
He added to Buzzfeed News: "I just thought, Wait a minute, if I'm going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place.
"And this is the least quiet place I've ever been in my life. ... It's like taking the bar exam at Coachella. It's like, Um, I really need to concentrate on this! Guys! Can you all just... I have to... It's super important for my law!"
The filmmaker laughed off speculation he quit over a backlash from feminist commentators over his portrayals of female characters such as Scarlett Johansson's 'Avengers' alter ego Black Widow.
He said: "That is horses**t. Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That's something I'm used to.
"I saw a lot of people say, 'Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!' It's like, 'Nope, that didn't happen'."