06/06/2014 09:01 am ET Updated Jun 06, 2014

Why You Should Sign Off Social Media And Enjoy 'The Brief Time' You Have Left

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Alain de Botton is a beloved (and prolific) pop philosopher, with a shelf-full of books and two very popular TED talks to his name. So when the Swiss-born author tweeted to his 443,000 followers on Monday night that they should delete Twitter for the sake of their “inner conversation,” many took his words seriously — promising to delete the app from their phones, responding with impassioned defenses of the medium, and, ironically (!), retweeting de Botton’s message in droves.

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