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kona1984

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Yes, we'll.....
I like it here.... so far.... in that this 'Forum' is not like FB. It may loosely be compared to a closed /Private Group on FB but still feels even better than that for me.... so far.
 

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I hate FB, but it absolutely killed the Sonor Museum forum before it went belly up for good. If you want to be a part of the Sonor online community it’s FB or nothing at all.

It’s a shame but just last week I got a rosewood snare that was not on the bay or the verb, but on a drum shop website out of Jersey. It got mentioned on FB and no where else. The Sonor topics on DFO are few and far between. So I do FB with no friends, no timeline, no story and just a few Sonor related groups.

One key difference between a forum and social media is the product. Remember on FB YOU are the product. Your what’s being sold and passed to whoever; advertisers or PACs. DFO does not sell your information does it? Big difference and yes FB is an ever growing pile of humanure.

Twitter is called Twitter for a reason; cause it’s for twits. They make no bones about it and call you a fool to your face for using it.

Life was so much simpler with the Inquirer and a bit more honest.

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But to be fair, it’s not just FB; it’s everything that ever was and is to be in bits.

In March 2013, during a presentation to GigaOm conference, the CIA's chief technology officer Ira "Gus" Hunt said:

"Since you can't connect dots you don't have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever. It is really very nearly within our grasp to be able to compute on all human generated information."
 

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I'm not sure if this is meant as a dig. I'm not proclaiming some imminent apocalyptic plot by a monolithic entity. I'm rather dryly pointing out that the user's health and wellbeing is considered expendable by tech companies.
Not a dig. You make a great point.
 

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I'm not sure if this is meant as a dig. I'm not proclaiming some imminent apocalyptic plot by a monolithic entity. I'm rather dryly pointing out that the user's health and wellbeing is considered expendable by tech companies.
Not just tech companies, all companies.
 

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From what I’ve seen and read, the biggest difference between corporate social media and the privately owned ‘buy forum software and rotate billboards’ variety is that the corporates invest heavily to keep eyeballs on a page and reduce bounce rates where forums rely on legacy content (searches) and membership keeping things interesting, but only to a point; if a forum’s subject is popular enough then Guest viewership becomes an important goal as well. But you can't rely on curated content forever with a product-based social magnet. If enough on-topic users lose interest and stop participating, and they're not commensurately replaced, it becomes costly to sustain.

It’s all about ads, and ads on a forum depend a lot on keeping people cycling through pages so the ad buyer gets more bang for their buck. In such a scenario the hit count of ‘unique’ viewers is important, and so more than the membership views, most of whom will bounce around a site and are likely running ad-blockers anyway.

On corporate media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the Feed is the foundation, and so page bounce isn't so much an issue. It's also why users complain when they don't see what they like to think they're in complete control of since the Feed is highly leveraged for revenue.

There's also considerably more social media profit emphasis focused at the app level for phones. Companies build models based on everything from psychology to casinos to increase revenue. And of course they automate as much as possible through software to reduce payrolls which means dicey administration and questionable content seeps through. The goal was always addiction, and they’ve succeeded.

The upshot is it has become an addiction based enterprise, really no different than booze or gambling, with the exception that it all seems perfectly reasonable to a majority of users. But to say it doesn't cause personal problems, or to blame those personal problems on the sufferer, isn't a very educated viewpoint. It helps a great deal when the users shift blame onto other users by way of of personal responsibility mantras. It's a free defense for investing to addict, even at low levels.



"When my patients come into my office seeking help, they are compulsively engaging in behaviors on the Internet for hours each day, days at a time, to the exclusion of many other activities, including basic self-care. They derive little or no pleasure from these activities yet are unable to stop even when they want to. Everything else in their life has gone gray. They feel unreal, anxious, depressed, and in some cases suicidal. They are typically alone and lonely, a paradox since many of the behaviors they’re engaging in online are presumably about connecting to other people. What is happening here is they’re in a dopamine deficit state – clinically analogous to a deep depression – and they’ve lost the ability to choose not to use. Hacking of the mind indeed."
 

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Just having a smart-phone is giving out enough privacy. I have a dumb-a$$ed Motorola flip-phone dating back to 1998 that gives me what I need. If I get in a jam (and I have) I'm a licensed Ham Radio operator. Anyhow, I'm dumber than the phone.
Yes, smart phones in general are dumb to have.
 

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" I'm OK " - two words . Four letters on the screen from a loved one shine their light in the darkness . Texting is currently the most popular medium , but the message hasn't changed .

Nothing else matters .
 
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I was a very late adopter of facebook and it's the only social media other than the drum forums that I've indulged in. I joined in '19 after my 50th HS reunion to stay in touch with some folks who had become important to me again. I quickly became somewhat dependent on it for fun and re-affirmation etc.
Much good came of it as I was reunited with old friends and bandmates but it had power over me and the censorship and political bias quickly soured it for me and I deactivated.
I may return at some point in the future for the few people and groups I enjoy and tailor it to be a more positive experience.
 

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I never found a valid use for "Social Media"
Something about airing all of your personal information to the entire world, seemed somewhat scary to me. What if that drunken stupor you were in several years ago because a loved one died, followed you around forever.... From what little I delved into such sites, they appeared a potential haven for perverts and kidnappers.

Afterward my fears were confirmed when I started observing people either being rejected or loosing their job because of some obscure social media post.... Best to stay away...

Even this forum could get on in a bit of nasty trouble, should one let their tongue wag too much...
 

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Good luck on breaking your addiction. The world would be a better place without social media.
I call it Anti-Social Media. Unfortunately, as a freelance writer, I must be able to negotiate many of the ASM sites to find information.
 

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Meh. Your feed is kind of a reflection of you. It is what you make it. Don't follow crap & you won't have to read crap.
 


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