Dino F. Avdibegović

Bye, social media

Categories: [english], [personal], [tech]

I have erased Reddit, Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. Previously I’ve done the same with Instagram, which I believe is the worst SoMe of them all. This is something that I wanted to do for many years now, but there was always some excuse not to do it (family, friends, whatever…).

Recently, I read a fine book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now written by Jaron Lanier. Some of the arguments are: You are losing your free will, Social media is making you into an asshole, Social media is undermining truth, Social Media is destroying your capacity for empathy, Social media is making you unhappy, and Social media is hating your soul.

While social media really can (and could) be a great platform for exchanging ideas, opinions, and having constructive and enriching discussions, it has become our enemy, because people and the system behind it use it primarily for economic/capitalist benefit, which doesn’t care at all for interests of individuals and even societies. So, I want to make at least a longer break from it, and seriously, I don’t want to be an asshole (as Lanier puts it) nor someone whose data and online activity is being used and monetized by these unscrupulous and dishonest digital conglomerates.

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