Twitter’s owner responded to a user who noted that “anti-social tendencies are making people more lonely.”
Elon Musk bought Twitter in October for $44 billion. That doesn’t mean he is confident that social media is good.
In a response posted early Thursday to a tweet stating that “anti-social tendencies are causing people to be more isolated,” Musk said: “Maybe we should spend less time on social media … ?”
The tweet Musk responded to was referencing a 2021 study that found that individuals’ social networks had diminished over the last three decades. It also determined this drop-off in friendships was more common among men.
An interesting wrinkle in Musk addressing the question is that he is still the Twitter power user he was before buying the site. The exchange occurred after midnight on Thursday, and Musk was tweeting again by 9 a.m. As Business Insider noted, a look at the frequency of Musk’s Twitter use made in November 2022 showed that he was putting out an average of a tweet per hour before acquiring the social media site.
The analysis also showed that he was tweeting — including replies and retweets — even more often after buying Twitter. Answers to other users made up most of his Twitter activity before and after the purchase.