• Life

    Time for a Social Media Break

    by We’re all sick of the pandemic, the rotating restrictions, the changing rules, the government incompetence. Social media is an easy way to distract from that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you remember that ever social media platform’s primary need is to keep you on it for as long as possible (because you’re the product and never forget that), you should remind yourself to take a look at your social media habits. I’ve caught myself doomscrolling and I’ve caught myself hatescrolling and I’ve caught myself trying to modify the ad algorithms on FB by searching for specific things to click on, hiding or reporting others, and…

  • Entertainment,  Life

    Facebook on My Phone

    by Or rather, Facebook not on my phone. I took it off a week ago yesterday, barrelling past the various, “are you sure” questions and the reminders that it would be really easy to activate again if I wanted to. Yes, I’m sure. No, I don’t want to change my mind. I don’t really care if it’s easy to activate again. Get it off. Gone. Removed. And I’ve got to tell you, it’s done wonders for my mood. I’m on record as saying that social media has potential to be awesome, a great engagement tool, something to keep us in contact with people easily and build relationships with. I’m also…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    I’m taking a break from social media.

    by A personal break, for a week or so at least, maybe longer. I’ll continue to post and interact on an author level on my FB page and a little on Twitter and Instagram, and there are a couple of closed groups for martial arts that will stay on the check list, but beyond the take the birthday reminders that Facebook gives me, I’ve had enough personal social media for a while. I’m good for now, thanks. Why, you ask? I suppose there are lots of reasons, but as time goes on during this pandemic and the altered reality we’re getting from it, I’m coming up with four trends I…

  • Life

    9 Kinds of Irritating Behaviour on Social Media

    by You’ve probably come across those articles like, “The 11 Kinds of People You Meet on Social Media”. This isn’t one of those, exactly, but it is me making a few observations. I’ve spent more time on social media (by which I mostly mean Facebook with a little Twitter and Instagram thrown in) since COVID began than I ever have before, and I’m realizing more and more that different people want different things out of it. That’s become apparent with both my friends’ list and the people I’ve interacted with on various pages and in various groups over the last few months. Some of it was apparent before, even long…

  • Life

    Social Behaviour In the Time of COVID19

    by In a word: online. In a few more words: social media and video calling. And social media is currently losing its lustre for me as an actual communication medium. No one, and I’m including me there, seems to have the appetite to actually discuss things that are worth discussing. We want things over quick, a short exchange of words so we can move onto the next topic/meme/cat video. Worse, a lot of that not really communication is more along the lines of “agree with me or don’t bother responding to the thing I posted”. Which annoys me. If someone wants to live in an echo chamber where everyone agrees…

  • Life

    Return to Social Media

    by I have this sort of love-hate relationship with social media in the last few years. I love the additional social contact, and I certainly love the reminders I can get for whose birthday or anniversary is when, and I love what is ultimately a pooled source of entertainment and news, if properly vetted, that I wouldn’t ordinarily have. But I hate, well, what I hate about social media is probably encapsulated in the idea that before there was such a thing as social media, I naturally assumed that everyone had a basic grasp of reality and the social niceties. Neither of which appears to actually be the case. Blind…

  • Life

    Social Media Break

    by So, let’s start with one thing: I like social media as a concept. I loved Twitter for a long time, gradually falling away from it as it filled up with bots and closed-minded arguments. At different times, I’ve enjoyed half a dozen other services to varying degrees, but lately, I’ve found Facebook is travelling a similar route that caused me to more or less abandon Twitter. I haven’t exactly abandoned Facebook, and I don’t think I could even if I wanted to. It’s an important point of social contact for people to find me, I’m a member of a couple of closed groups that are very important to the…

  • Life

    Easing Back on Social Networking

    by So I think I spend too much time on social networking. And, let’s be honest, most of that is on Facebook lately. I still enjoy Twitter, but I treat that primarily as an information source. I lurk a lot because I find it too difficult to have a nuanced discussion or argument with somebody 140 280 characters at a time. Facebook allows me more than just a snarky comment. I have an Instagram account, which gets a few photos here and there. Most of those are of my dog or my cats, sometimes of something I’ve seen outside somewhere. It’s not exciting, but it entertains me. I have a…

  • Life,  Musings

    Lessons from Social Media

    by So I left off yesterday with the idea that social media teaches you things. In particular, it teaches you things about your friends. There’s a lot of stupid/ridiculous/crazy stuff being posted on Facebook. In fairness, it’s on every other social network as well, but Facebook, and Twitter to a lesser extent, is where I see the most because that’s where I’m hanging out. For example, I love cats. In particular, I love my cat. I post a very small handful of pictures of my cat to Facebook and/or Twitter on an annual basis. I think a lot of people are in the same boat. Pets are part of our…

  • Life,  Musings

    Issues With Social Media

    by So I’m not sure when exactly I started to have issues with social media. I don’t mean I’m tired of Twitter, because right now I’m not. I’ve taken several long breaks from twitter in the last few years, one just trying to deal with things, and the others just because I get tired of all the work of having to filter for the few people who are actually interactive on the service. Social networking shouldn’t be work. The problem with Twitter is not Twitter, but how I used to treat it, and how most people still do. It’s not a numbers game. Do I need tens of thousands of…