I wonder why I quit social media

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About 10 years ago there was a time when social forums were new and growing, but still a small part of our lives. Sites like Hi5, Orkut, MySpace, and Friendster existed and were active, but were not so important to us that they only took a few minutes a day. They were also incredibly personal; places you write about yourself or post pictures of things you’ve done and places you’ve been. Your main form of social activity has always been to call or meet someone.

Of course, now everything has changed. For most of the last decade, major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have taken over the social media arena and with them a large part of our lives. These networks have also created many business opportunities around the world, helped promote and sell products and services, and served as a means of communication between companies and their customers. They also help spread the word about social causes and raise awareness of issues and injustices. This all sounds great, but I have a big problem – it takes the fun out of social media.

Take the example of Twitter. Thanks to the popular microblogging service, there is now a real job called “Twitter Influencer”. These are people with large followings who claim influence on the platform and use their reach to “influence” people. In fact, they all charge brands a lot of money to tweet about them, which makes people trust them. They betray the ideals and opinions that have gained all their followers in the first place. Many “influencers” follow each other, increasing their numbers and putting themselves in a position of supposed influence.

A few hours after being posted, an individual tweet has fallen so far down the average timeline that it’s not seen by most people, and Twitter starts to feel like you’re standing in a room full of people saying something. several things. people you know who will be in the room with you at the same time. I don’t think you’re really talking; just yelling and in a crowded room.

You can attribute some of this to the fact that services like Twitter and Instagram are public forums where you participate and present your thoughts or photos to the world. Of course, both services have separate accounts, but I think that defeats their purpose.

What I don’t want to see every time I go to Facebook

However, with so-called private networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, there is much to hide. You have provided countless details about your preferences, likes and dislikes, personal information, and a large bank of photos of you and your loved ones. Today, these networks are increasingly being used to mine your data and advertise specifically to you. Not only that, companies are also using these forums to deliver their content whether you like it or not. This led to me being bombarded with ads, branded messages wanting my money, and other annoying things every time I logged into Facebook.

And there are others; Facebook has become a place where people can complain about various social and political injustices, poor customer service, and other unpleasant things that annoy you. Social media is also used for propaganda, spreading misinformation, hating a particular mobile provider because your data services were slower than usual, and generally my mornings have gone dark. You can’t blame Facebook or Twitter for this, but as the networks have grown, their content has changed, and that doesn’t make me happy.

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It’s what I want to see every time I log into Facebook

I came here to have fun, not to be constantly disappointed by the sad state of the world. All it takes is someone’s photos of their trip to Bali, how they had a great conversation with a taxi driver, and someone else’s anecdote about having a cat or two. I’m not interested in starting my day stressed, angry, or political gyan.

Social media used to be happy places where people came to laugh, laugh and be social. Social networks were supposed to be good places for people to share their thoughts and photos, while private networks were supposed to be a safe place to see what your friends and family are up to and doing. Now they have become places where all of your personal information is sold the best, where people try to sell you products, ideas and ideologies, or where individuals abuse a position of trust to serve their own ends. offer. So thanks, but no thanks, I’m still getting by as best I can.

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