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Social media: do or don't?

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So I've been trying to get rid of as much things that I notice I use as a crutch or a coping mechanism to get my dopamine fix. The 'ping' of a new message or someone hitting the like-button, porn, binge-watch a series, super sugary food, ...

But what about social media? Good or bad? I'm tempted to boot up my Instagram again. I like taking pictures and have done film school. I feel like it's a solid medium, much like Facebook, to keep in touch with everyone and keep in the loop. But is it a risk? Could I accidentally 'fall into it' and start being dependent on the likes and the notifications?  Or do the positives outweigh the possible negatives?

What's everybody's experience with it? Do you use it to keep in touch with ex-gamer friends without having to resort to gaming again? Or is it a risk because of targeted advertising and ads that pop up promoting some new game? I'm totally on the fence here. I don't want to accidentally fall down another hole and have to crawl out of it, or accidentally trigger my addicted ass.

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The thing I have against Social Media is that anything you say, any opinion you express, any post you like will be harvested and used against you forever.  Imagine it's 2036 and you're about to get that appointment from the president as ambassador to the Moon, and some drunken shitpost you made this year gets resurrected and the whole thing falls through.  

Why do you think most people have reverted to posting dog pictures and reposting memes.  Because anything real you put out there is GOING TO COME BACK TO BITE YOU.  

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Yeah, but doing stuff on Instagram seems so harmless... It's nice to see the holiday pics of friends I only see once or twice a year. Lol. Maybe I am just lonely and trying to fill a bit of a hole.

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@Some Yahoo Soooo instead you keep a journal that is completely online and public? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm^^

@Phoenixking It depends how it feels for you. Do the notifications make you anxious? Do you spend a lot of time there that is not necessary or just wasted? Do you feel under control? Lots of things can be addicting, but it depends on the person. Some people are addicted to porn, which I can barely even imagine how. Some people that have never gamed too much can't understand how we can be addicted to gaming. Some people are addicted to gaming, but would never play a mobile game. Some people binge eat, some people eat well despite being addicted to other things etc etc. If you haven't had problems with social media before, I think it's no problem. If it starts to feel unhealthy, then reconsider.

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On 7/3/2018 at 1:06 PM, Phoenixking said:

So I've been trying to get rid of as much things that I notice I use as a crutch or a coping mechanism to get my dopamine fix. The 'ping' of a new message or someone hitting the like-button, porn, binge-watch a series, super sugary food, ...

But what about social media? Good or bad? I'm tempted to boot up my Instagram again. I like taking pictures and have done film school. I feel like it's a solid medium, much like Facebook, to keep in touch with everyone and keep in the loop. But is it a risk? Could I accidentally 'fall into it' and start being dependent on the likes and the notifications?  Or do the positives outweigh the possible negatives?

What's everybody's experience with it? Do you use it to keep in touch with ex-gamer friends without having to resort to gaming again? Or is it a risk because of targeted advertising and ads that pop up promoting some new game? I'm totally on the fence here. I don't want to accidentally fall down another hole and have to crawl out of it, or accidentally trigger my addicted ass.

If you're going to be actively taking pictures and posting them and paying 100% attention to your own work and profile, sure. If not, pass. It's way too easy to scroll through social media endlessly and get addicted to it. Do you want to end up some clown on Twitter 24/7 (one site leads to another)? No? Yeah...

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Personally I use Social Media only for some news, infos or to talk to people, mostly people who refuse to use other messengers.

All these platforms turning your life into a glass house, especially with all the tools available.
Take a look at this:

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Scary, isnt it...

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1 hour ago, stablish said:

Personally I use Social Media only for some news, infos or to talk to people, mostly people who refuse to use other messengers.

All these platforms turning your life into a glass house, especially with all the tools available.
Take a look at this:

Screenshot_2.png


Scary, isnt it...

What tool is that and where can I get it?

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@JustTom

Oh and as for posting here...

I post here in the hopes that others might benefit.  It's not just Social Media spew.  Also, as I have said, I am 57 years old and it's unlikely that I'll be receiving any presidential appointments LOL.

 

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2 hours ago, Some Yahoo said:

@JustTom

Oh and as for posting here...

I post here in the hopes that others might benefit.  It's not just Social Media spew.  Also, as I have said, I am 57 years old and it's unlikely that I'll be receiving any presidential appointments LOL.

 

You don't look a day over 18...

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