Facebook, twitter are fun maybe in the first couple of months on it. You get bored by it soon. I deleted my social media accounts 6 months ago, but even before i quit i knew something about them kept pulling me back to waste time on there. So how many of you are bored of social media but waste time on it anyways? and how often?
I’ve made my FB account such that I get loads of science, philosophy, art and so on onto my news feed. I found HE through Facebook. So it’s not really wasting time. Depends on what you do on the site. It’s like saying (as some people do) that sitting on the computer in general is wasting time. Tell that to the people who make electronic music, for example.
Did you read about the German study about how people who don’t have social media accounts are more likely to be psychopaths? :)
Wow that sounds like an interesting study. Maybe I am turning into pyschopath haha and yes, it all comes down to how we utilize our time on the internet. But have you ever felt the need to be on social media even when you knew you didnt have something useful to do on it?
I know this is a little late reply but I just searched social media in HE because Iv’e been feeling the exact same thing I know social media is more or less just a cry for attention and a chance to post pics and status to prove you’re “in the club” wearing the same clothes as everyone and using the same slang. I do sometimes find good interesting things on it so I’m a bit conflicted. I think I am in the habit of getting on t whenever I have a spare second and even though I get on with no intentions I log off feeling a bit “wrong”, I tend to compare myself to others and when I see all of my friends and acquaintances doing something I will begin to feel wrong for not doing those things too.
Haha this post is awesome, I just deactivated my FB yesterday because I got so sick of the small minded posts and the people complaining. It was either deactivate my account or delete half my friends… I think I chose the lesser evil (too many people take a deleted FB friendship as an insult, but really if I haven’t talked to you personally in years, why do I care that you had a bad day at work?)
I find it eats up my time and is a welcome distraction from the things I actually want to achieve. Hell, even being on this site is being a slight distraction from actually getting off my butt and going and doing something that can actually change my life. I’m stuck in a rut though.
Wow thats awesome!! It does cause a little mental turmoil before deactivating isnt it? I knew i was slowly getting addicted to FB so I wanted to end it before it became a full on addiction. I remember feeling a bit weird the day I deactivated it
I use zero social media. It’s a distraction, and serves as an artificial self-esteem boost for people who rely on the opinions of other people to prop them up. For most, it’s all about self-aggrandizement and projecting an artificial image and personal brand.
It gives people an unrealistic standard to live up to, because they only see how well-adjusted, funny, happy, normal, content, and fun everyone is.
Paradoxically, it’s other function is to validate mediocrity. Everyone is “liking” everyone else’s mediocre, slave-like existences, so they can all feel secure that they are on the right track through mutual validation of things that are not really worth praising or validating. As long as everyone pretends that what they and everyone else are doing is important, they don’t have to face the fact that it actually isn’t at all.
It also propagates political correctness. It makes people afraid to have dissenting opinions to the point where they even repress them in their own heads. It homogenizes thought and standardizes behavior to a more extreme degree than before.
wow very well-written comment. Very good point about how we praise eachother for being on the “right” track, liking their posts when they lose-weight, dye their hair, ace a test, buy a car etc like “yay good job you’re doing what you’re supposed to, you’re being what you’re ‘supposed’ to be” while simultaneously thinking to yourself, I should probably dye my hair, then maybe this guy will notice me and I can impress my followers. AHHH!!
Use social media, don’t let social media use you. Once you rid your feeds of all the bullshit, social media is awesome. I blocked/unfollowed 75% and now I love it. Still I’d rather watch a documentary or read a book, but it’s a good way to kill time when all you have is your phone.
I waste too much time. I was happiest and more productive when I didn’t have a facebook. I use twitter, instagram, and tumblr as creative outlets and for enjoying others’, and for keeping in touch with friends and family I don’t have the opportunity to see often. Social media can be really difficult to manage though, you really have to have the right mindset, and a productive one. I find that I fall into bad habits when I’m dissatisfied with the way things are going for me i.e. not having a different outlet available to me, being unhappy in school and at work, when I SHOULD be writing, reading, exercising, etc.
I’m 21 and I used Facebook mostly from 10th grade to this past February. I deleted it for the same reasons most of you stated already. I realized how much of a distraction it was and how it set up a superficial environment, especially with people my age. I use Instagram now for mainly career purposes and YouTube for conscious vlogging. Here is my opinion on the negative effects of social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U608wiqXXaU
SHOOT ME THIS HITS HOME WITH ME SO MUCH. I will waste hours PER DAY on social media and it eats away at me. I keep making vows to limit it to 20min/day but making excuses to keep coming back. I am someone who likes the “idea” of being productive but is the biggest procrastinator in the world. So I always have that uncomfortable feeling like, “I am wasting my time, this is a bad decision, there is so much more I could be doing instead of playing multiplayer online Tetris!” I guess I need Facebook to stay connected but 20 minutes a day is more than enough. Sometimes I’ll waste 4+ hours a day on FB. It’s like I don’t even run my life anymore. Someone else controls it. I have all these desires to be great and productive yet all my actions resemble the exact opposite. Somebody shoot me! Or help me :). And if all you gathered from this post is that “they have multiplayer online Tetris!” then you’re fucked too.
I have blocked +90% of posts from friends showing up in my news feed. What I do get in my news feed are mostly articles of pages that I am interested in (e.g. Highexistence). I used to barely use facebook anymore, before I discovered that I could just use it as my personalised news feed.