I think I am over social media

It’s changed

When it was new and shiny it was a great tool to meet interesting new people on the Internet, it was great having conversations and it was also awesome when you come up with a random idea and decide to make a nationwide event out of it.

But something has changed.

Is it me? Or is it the platforms?

If I were to distill it down to some percentages it’s probably 80% me and 20% the platforms.

Sure we always knew that we were the product, signing up for something free to be able to share whatever we wanted whenever we wanted had to come at a cost.

Advertising and promoted posts are the norm now, we are bombarded with all sorts of messages, some easy to spot, others not so much.

I just don’t care anymore

I just get sick of seeing the random shit that people post these days, the constant need to be sharing stuff to get some sort of interaction from other people, to get a dopamine rush when someone likes, comments or shares your post.

I get it, that was me, a lot. But not now.

I log into Twitter or Facebook and I read the first couple of posts, and I’m like NOPE, I’m out. I just don’t see the appeal anymore.

Is this what it’s like to get old?

But it’s a necessary evil (I think)

To get people to see your stuff you need to share it right? Well do you?

Every time I log into Facebook it usually tells me I have a high performing post and I should boost it tore people.
The thing is when you hardly post things, the couple of times you do, people seems to react to it, hence it becomes a high performing post.

I can’t think of anything I’d rather not be doing than be giving money to Facebook to boost some random post. I get it, I just don’t want to do it.

So what’s next

I’m not sure.

I’m not sure if I will retreat even further and not post anything at all, or I’ll jump head first back into being “social” on social media.

I just know that right now, I don’t miss it, and I’ll continue doing my own thing. If someone really wants to get hold of me they will have to ring, text or even email me.

Sometimes being in the real world instead of looking through a screen, capturing it with your own eyeballs and not as a set of images is so much more rewarding.