I have received numerous invitations to join you in a relationship, and I figured it was time to respond to your advances.”
So begins “Girls” star Allison Williams’ cringe-inducing (breakup? rejection?) letter to Twitter, the social media outlet of choice for Lena Dunham. Williams continues:
Before you jump to conclusions, it’s not that I’m seeing somebody else. I barely talk to Facebook anymore (we only ever speak when I need to expedite the name game after meeting a new person), too many friends have been with Instagram or Tumblr, and LinkedIn can ask until he’s blue in the face … not my type.
Williams basically rejects social media for the same reason that any of the characters do whatever it is they do on her show: Because they are all 20-somethings who are “still figuring things out.” Because they are “young!” and “making it up as I go!” Because they can “misfire (like a bad photo shoot or a weird outfit choice)” and because they are all trying to “protect myself from myself.”
I’m also a little self-conscious around you. OK — I’m very self-conscious around you. You’re kind of a tough critic. I always worry about what you would think of me, because I’ve seen the way you react to other people. Would you find me somehow offensive, or too boring, or too provocative, or too ironic, or too earnest? The thought that you would misread a joke makes me ill.