A lot of people have already done so, so I’m late. (By the way, as of this writing, I’m still on LinkedIn, and while I’m not sure why – it doesn’t seem to be as annoying as any other platform, I don’t use it, so it could be next on the block).
Anyway, why did I quit? The following reasons are not comprehensive, nor are they in order of importance, but I’ll list some of the reasons that came to mind.
Social media is used to make nasty things. The first thing that excites me is that these platforms have been biologically weaponized by propagasts and others. They are using it to make the world more lonely. People who run social media companies don’t have to die, and they never do. It’s always a way to make money, and they make money by selling user data and advertising.
It would be laughable if executives forced to testify in front of ignorant politicians made forthright and sad pumpkin-style reform efforts to ensure that even if they were good for anything. These platforms must work their own way, which is at the heart of their business models and why they become ATIs. I think being a part of the business makes me a conspirator, so that’s enough. I’m not so stupid that my mutiny doesn’t make any difference, but I use Robertson Davis stuff: I just don’t need any other reason to look in the mirror in the morning and in the interspersed department.
There are other reasons, and after a while away from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I noticed more. The obvious waste of time factor is one. Most of the posts are nonsense: trivial, mediocre, often rude. Although I’m not an obsessive user (see how terminology tends to be substance abuse.) ), but I found it bothering me no matter how long I looked. Of course, that’s what social media is all about: sticking as many eyeballs on the screen as possible for as long as possible. Their addiction-based model is an exhaustive topic of discussion.
It turns out that it’s great to drop something almost completely off your head.
News I never seem to get news from social media, but obviously a lot of people do. I get my news from websites of all sizes, which I choose to pay for through subscriptions. (And if you care about what’s left of democracy, you should do the same, I’m sorry, it sounds overblown.) )
Compared with the subscription model, the use of the ad model has undoubtedly proved to be one of the main reasons for its success. Social media companies know more about human nature than most of us, and one thing they know is that people (a) are cheap or poor, and (b) ignore the meaning of non-monetary payments.
People sound stupid, and maybe I do. In addition, I found that the artists and other members of the art world I followed seemed to be saying that it sounded mediocre, trivial or downright stupid. I can’t name names, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought, “I can’t believe that artist.” But that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying their work – I’ve always thought that artists can be smarter than them, and that’s often the case with good work – but it’s really frustrating and frustrating.
Then there was the equally depressing thought that perhaps I was one of those artists who made stupid remarks. Yes, it’s time to quit.
Social and public contrasts social media with privacy and loneliness – clearly encouraging and prompting us to adopt a more social and public way of life than private and lonely. I find that as I get older, I need not only privacy and loneliness, not only for my work, but also for my personal well-being. Socially, I also find it more satisfying to interact with like-for-like people. Now, it may be just my tea, not yours, and I suspect that if people think more about it, especially the importance of delving into anything, it may raise more doubts.
On the issue of “professional suicide”, on more than one occasion, my comment to me was that by withdrawing from social media, I was committing “professional suicide”. To be fair, through my contacts on Facebook and Twitter, I did get a lot of opportunities, including some very interesting ones. However, regular postings, which seem to be part of a professional job, are too cumbersome. Maybe I just don’t have enough ambition or perseverance to put up with my career.
The comments on Instagram explained to me what makes Instagram different, and first of all, I like the fact that it’s image-driven. But this may just be the effect of novelty. I soon got tired of it. Anyway, it’s part of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has called on people to be willing to give up their data for free (a.m., FB users) and to be “dumb” and others have done enough damage to get the support they deserve.
Google on Google: Yes, divorce is difficult, but they’re just as bad. Like other experts, they’re an advertising ad company that tells everyone they’re all tech companies.
So I’ve had so many articles and research here about the harmful methods of social media, so I’m not going to list any of them here. Am I going back? It’s never been a long time, but since I’ve resigned, I’ve been mentally healthy and certainly better off avoiding wasting time doing things that aren’t worth doing.
I’m (obviously) using Medium, a subscription-based writing platform that focuses more on content. (Some of you are reading on Medium now.) Like I said, unless someone convinces me, I might soon kill my LinkedIn page.
We’ll see how it happens. But, hey, it’s been months, and I haven’t missed the Big Three.