- Stopped using social media yesterday
- Boba FattMember
What the hell do you do with your time? I must have been spending hours a day staring at pictures of nothing and tweeting my displeasure at Donald Trump, It was turning me into a bad person and I was putting my phone first before reading a book. I’m starting to think i’m going to get emails from Facebook etc. asking if i’m ok
Anybody else pulled the plug on these time wasters *
* I have kept Reddit on, but who doesn’t like a cute puppy videos?Posted 8 months agoGunzMember
I’ve long held the opinion that, despite received wisdom, the current middle aged population is best placed to make the most of the internet and social media. We’re young enough to understand and use it technically but old enough to realise how corrosive and full of bo####ks it can be. I gave up most of it a couple of years ago and it made precisely no difference to life.Posted 8 months agojimmySubscriber
I was putting my phone first before reading a book.
This is a great reason – I’ve read more books in the past year than for a long time before then due to reduced facebook time. I started logging myself out and asking MsJimmy to change my password so I couldn’t get back in. Could just deactivate my account but its embarrassing the number of times I did and lasted a week…
I’m starting to think i’m going to get emails from Facebook etc. asking if i’m ok
They’re cheeky b*stards. You do start getting emails saying “look what Your Mates are up to!”. However, anyone I actually care about I’ll hear from directly. Didn’t take long to realise that.Posted 8 months agocookeaaSubscriber
It’s worth destroying all of the interweb for good if I don’t have to hear another middle-aged person (normally nudging 50?) call it “Faceache”…Posted 8 months ago
Well done you’ve described a modern day thing, using the vernacular of your own Grandparents, thus the cycle of inter-generational cliches rolls on…thisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Turned off notifications on my phone apart from messaging and moved the most time consuming apps off the front page and replaced it with stuff i want easily (strava for being able to start it with the minimum of clicks with gloved hands, spotify and satnav for in the car, etc).
Realised that actually facebook takes 5 minutes to scan through when bored, and STW actually isn’t all that interesting, e-mails are 99% spam. You could probably run a medium sized business in the time some people spend doing nothing but consuming data on their phone.Posted 8 months agoThe Southern YetiMember
…but I can see how it may have come across as humble-bragging a bit
Hey, it’s TSY’s Social Media Secretary here. He’s just spat his craft ale out (we’ve moved to the local ‘Tap House’) and is guffawing so violently I can only infer that he thinks it’s ridiculous that you’re conversing with people socially online whilst on your social media hiatus. Thanks, Jemima xPosted 8 months agohooliMember
I suspect the conversations we are having now about phones and social media were also happening a generation ago but with television, a generation before that about newspapers etc.
I see it as no different to cigarettes, booze, drugs or anything else. I quite enjoy a pint with mates after a night ride, it doesn’t mean I should have one with my corn flakes in the morning.Posted 8 months agodeadkennySubscriber
Trouble is Facebook wasn’t around when my grandparents were, but yep 55 next week.
Facebook is more of an old folks thing now anyway. The kids have bogged off elsewhere to get away from their parents and the uncoolness of Facebook.
I still use FB, mainly to keep my parents and family updated with photos and things rather than use pain in the backside email. Keeps them from ringing to check if I’m alive too if they haven’t heard from me 😀 (or vice versa if I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve stacked it somewhere).
Other thing is ride organisation. Though that’s shifted more towards messaging apps (finally got the majority off SMS!), but that has resulted in rides being more of a clique thing, whereas on Facebook it’s more inclusive. On the other hand FB rides can be a bit random who turns up or may risk a massive group when you weren’t expecting it.
I like Instagram for following interesting stuff going on, and that people can’t put long tedious “sick” videos of head cam footage, less likely to have some vidsplaining techniques or latest diary of a visit to another place everyone’s been to anyway.Posted 8 months agowhitestoneMember
The difference between forums and social media is that the former are not deliberately designed to be addictive in the way that FB, Twitter et al are. Conflating the two is an error.
I’ve Twitter and LinkedIn accounts but they are essentially moribund as I haven’t used either for four years or so. The last time I was on LinkedIn was to turn off all the notifications I was getting pestered with.Posted 8 months ago
But forums are social media.
Not in my mind. If anything they are closer to a social network, in that they are all about interaction between OP and others commenting on a thread. Whereas social media is more of a one way communication where the user shares there own content/media with their followers/fans/friends.Posted 8 months ago
Although the forum is closer to a social network it still isnt one as you cannot follow/freind people and build up a network of followers.
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