I saw a thought provoking meme the other day: "When you consume social media social media consumes you."
I've been thinking something like that, not that pithy, for some time. How many times have I popped onto fb just to post something real quick or grab a piece of info I needed and then looked up an hour later (or more) now late for something in my life? I don't know how many times it's happened but at this point it happens at least a few times a week. And what am I getting out of it? I mean REALLY: what are the benefits?
- I'm kept slightly in touch with a ton of people with very little effort on my part.
- I can pop in there and message more people than I have contact info for in my phone.
- I hear about events happening at places I love that I might want to attend, again, with little effort.
And what are the drawbacks?
- It takes a ridiculous amount of my time, time I never intended to give it.
- Countless advertisers have mined my data and target me constantly.
- FB owns any content posted on their platform.
- To some extent my feed is an echo-chamber. It wasn't that way at first but as things polarized the hate stressed me out so I culled it.
- It is like a steady diet of jelly beans and potato chips when I could have the real food of more extended and genuinely intimate interaction elsewhere.
- FB is apparently full of bots that are deliberately manipulating us all and not just to sell shit. Scary manipulations that are shaping the world.
- Though I am slightly in touch through such shallow media, I have found that most people I know don't post most of the really important shit and I find out later when it's too late to help.
- We are all being tracked, sorted, stuck in boxes and essentially sold.
I have more to say about this. I want to sort through what I would actually do with the time if I blew up my fb.