THIS. All this and then some. Social media is not a healthy environment. It hasn't been for a while. What they call "engagement" actually roughly translates to "keep them hooked". Social media companies are basically drug dealers.
BTW, I wanted to mention that I don't consider dev.to as unhealthy. I've often found that topical social networks are civil-- and often encouraging. dev.to is that.
Completely agree. I'm about a month in to a break from Facebook and Instagram and feel like I've gained a billion hours back each day. I do miss seeing updates from long-time friends, but guess what.. I've reached out to everyone directly. Go figure! :)
Couldn't agree with you more Rizwan! When I wanted to learn Python (about a year and a half ago) as part of a career change, I removed myself from social media.
It felt like a weight off my shoulders and I could focus completely.
A year and a half down the line Im now a competent Python programmer, discovered a love of Raspberry Pi and taught myself Android development. None of which I would have been able to do had I been constantly worried about checking Facebook, Insta, Twitter etc...
But I enjoy my time on Twitter and also LinkedIn, I deleted my FB account and never had Instagram so I'm not stuck in that pit. All I can say is, use social media like the tool that it is but do not let yourself be used by it.
Well said. I took about a month away from my personal laptop and only worked on my work computer during work hours. I spent many hours outside and loved it. It really helps to get away
Problem is that organization like Facebook have invested a lot on psychology and it shows in how they manipulate the feed. Also they are getting into currency. God bless Millennial who fall for that sort of corporations tactics. It's always better to unplug. Internet was better without social media in 90s or early 2010.
The opposite. The more you give it, the more it harms everyone.
I'm curious: why would you think you owe anything to social media at all?
I think it is because sometimes I feel compelled to share something, to stay up to date, to add to the conversations, or to read the latest news. If I don't check my timelines often then I could miss out. The addictive side of social media makes me feel I owe it to something. Thanks for asking.
Thanks for the explanation! It's very good that you've noticed that your relationship with social media has some toxic attributes. It is very easy to get addicted to it and feel bad not spending time on it, due to the "missing out" thing that you describe. But if you think about it, it's total nonsense. You don't need to know everything about your friends, nor every new technology and new trends. Spending after-work time with family/friends is a lot more rewarding than staring at the screen looking for new information :)
Thanks for the reminder. It's a daily struggle but we will overcome! :)
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