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Can you ever give up social media ??( that means never use social media ever again and you won't regret it )

If you don't know , try not using social media for 2 weeks and if you use social media , you lose , then if you can do it , you win

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I could do it.  In fact, I have done it.  Just for a couple weeks I mean.  I can take it or leave it, especially these days when it is mostly political BS. 

The problem is that most of my social network would not.  My brother checks his email about every other week, but he's on FB daily.  If I want a quick response then I have to use FB.  Even his phone goes straight to voice-mail.  Some of the younger relatives and other people I socialize with I can pretty much -only- get in touch with through things like FB or Discord as well.  For me personally though.. I'm pretty old-school.  I kept myself entertained long before there was an internet, or even PCs.  I never understood the attraction of twitter at all.  Or instagram.  (Why do I need to see a picture of your lunch??)  I know how to read a book or a newspaper.  I can even write letters.  (Like, snail-mail type letters.. envelope, stamp, etc.  :D )   Dropping the connection to the millions of rabid monkeys on social platforms like FB or Twitter would actually be something of a relief for me tbh.

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technically I wouldn't really mind. main thing is that for some people I know who don't know much about technology stuff like facebook is the only way to send them stuff like photos. if my aunt who doesn't really know anything about technology wants a photo of something, the only way might be through facebook.
That's also one of the only reasons I use social media. I never got how and why people would get their news for example from stuff like facebook or twitter, but on the other hand I have never really tried it either. As for instagram, snapchat, tik tok etc. I have never used them. I think I am just too old so that almost no one I know uses it 😂 But I can see why younger people would enjoy it

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There are times I feel like the odd one out on a serious level. I've never actually joined any social media and for the most part of growing up, I hardly ever even touched a computer. I experimented with MySpace for maybe a week or so. Later it was Twitter but that lasted a month and a few weeks. The only thing I use now, besides this forum, is YouTube. However, I just upload stuff and leave for weeks at a time.

Took a class that lasted a year and everyone was communicating through some kind of app or something but I never joined it. It was very noticeable that I was out of the social sort of loop with most of them. Which felt like the equivalence of being the kid no one wants to sit with during lunch. Joke was on them when they were caught using the app to gossip through. 😆 

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5 hours ago, IIVIsouljam said:

Took a class that lasted a year and everyone was communicating through some kind of app or something but I never joined it. It was very noticeable that I was out of the social sort of loop with most of them.

Similar in my case. When I was still at university as a student people asked me for my snapchat, whatsapp, instagram or whatever. When I told them that I don't use those, because I don't have a phone (yes I am aware that you can you instagram on your computer as well 😂), they were really surprised on how to send me stuff.
Obvious answer, e-mail 😂 I don't get why the simple e-mail communication is so disliked, especially since you can also just reply on your phone and with various apps for e-mails it's not that different from the other apps. I guess it's more inconvenient, but not sure it is more inefficient. Anyway, life without those is possible 😂 

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On 2/22/2020 at 9:10 PM, IIVIsouljam said:

There are times I feel like the odd one out on a serious level. I've never actually joined any social media and for the most part of growing up, I hardly ever even touched a computer. I experimented with MySpace for maybe a week or so. Later it was Twitter but that lasted a month and a few weeks. The only thing I use now, besides this forum, is YouTube. However, I just upload stuff and leave for weeks at a time.

Took a class that lasted a year and everyone was communicating through some kind of app or something but I never joined it. It was very noticeable that I was out of the social sort of loop with most of them. Which felt like the equivalence of being the kid no one wants to sit with during lunch. Joke was on them when they were caught using the app to gossip through. 😆 

See , all my friends use to use social media all the time , and when they are talking about something thats very popular on social media , i always have no idea what they're talking about , since i don't use it , and i pretend i do 😝🙃🙂

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On 2/23/2020 at 1:43 AM, Illusion of Terra said:

Similar in my case. When I was still at university as a student people asked me for my snapchat, whatsapp, instagram or whatever. When I told them that I don't use those, because I don't have a phone (yes I am aware that you can you instagram on your computer as well 😂), they were really surprised on how to send me stuff.
Obvious answer, e-mail 😂 I don't get why the simple e-mail communication is so disliked, especially since you can also just reply on your phone and with various apps for e-mails it's not that different from the other apps. I guess it's more inconvenient, but not sure it is more inefficient. Anyway, life without those is possible 😂 

"yes I am aware that you can you instagram on your computer as well" I did not know this! Must re-evaluate my own lack of awareness in technology. No wonder people think I'm strange. 😆

THANK YOU, I love e-mailing. Once we had to use some outdated file-sharing app that became problematic when it reached upload limitations. Eventually, we just pushed everything over to Excel and e-mailed the sheets. I think e-mail is also a good way to get to know people you'll be working or communicating with, on a more intimate level. In college, we had this weird communication process on their website. Where our instructors would post bulletins about class work- etc. Pressing that we checked it daily for updates, downloadable material and emergency notes (instructors not being able to make class, room change due to construction and such). The major problem was that it was always under maintenance or crashing and it redirected you into confusing subcategories that were never specific enough for proper utilization. We had "Send Homework Here" and "Send Homework Here When Finished" tabs. 🤔 Then we could never communicate with other students when the site was down and when it was up, it worked like a live-chat on your cellphone. The whole thing was hectic. 😵 Teachers started using e-mail because of the issues and it was much easier. 😆  

8 hours ago, Anime loveer said:

See , all my friends use to use social media all the time , and when they are talking about something thats very popular on social media , i always have no idea what they're talking about , since i don't use it , and i pretend i do 😝🙃🙂

Ayy, you're so bad! 😜 😆 I think people would catch on really quickly if I did that. 😁 Sometimes I feel like I'm socially missing out and sometimes it looks like a lot of extra stress. What do you think, A.L.? Are you glad that you don't use it or no?

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15 hours ago, IIVIsouljam said:

 

Ayy, you're so bad! 😜 😆 I think people would catch on really quickly if I did that. 😁 Sometimes I feel like I'm socially missing out and sometimes it looks like a lot of extra stress. What do you think, A.L.? Are you glad that you don't use it or no?

well sometimes ... but even if i do want to catch up with them , im still to lazy to go get the app and go everyday to see 

and sometimes , my friend knows i don't use it , so they don't bother talk about this stuff with me

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Haven't really done social media in years, I stopped when I was in high school because my phone got stolen and I never really got back into it. I did rejoin a few years later because my gf at the time was hounding me to do so (mainly to follow her instagram and snapchat) and also because I needed whatsapp for work reasons.

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I kind of need Telegram for communication with my fellow students and whatsapp to communicate with everyone else I know  but apart from that, there's hardly any social media that I actually need. No one I know uses FB anymore I've deleted my account years ago, I only have a Insta account in order to follow some museums and while I love looking at painting, the glorious Model 1860 Military Light Cavalry Sabers (lel) and other old artifacts it's something I don't actually need.

I'm a lot on reddit but I could up my reading time if I dropped it and I could find nice wallpapers without 4chan so I guess I can do without them too. Youtube might actually be the hardest to quit... It has decent science videos and I use it supplementary for studying...

So it mostly boils down to the messaging services because no one here uses email and calling isn't a good substitution for large group chats.

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I keep social media at arms length as it is.  The emphasis on OPSEC and INFOSEC is strong enough that I'd really just rather not mess with it.  Couple that with things like the Hatch Act, and you get a really stagnant or idle Facebook/Twitter social media combo.  I will say, most of my twitter stuff is just BS, so...

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LOL....I'm such an opposite from everyone here. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I mean this forum is a form of social media on its own (a form of communication in a social setting). 

My love - I can keep in touch with people I no longer am geographically close to.

It makes group chats with friends and/business a lot quicker and more effective/efficient IF you know how to use it and have everyone on the same page/respect being open about communication with those who don't use it. (I only use WhatsApp to write people now as no one really texts me except 3 people) and no one calls anymore unless its my dad ^^;

I like cute filters and playing around with certain apps with my friends. 

And I enjoy Instagram as I place a lot of art on it and can get a wider range of feedback from people and have the ability to search other things. It makes us more globally aware and open to seeing more. (Con of this, is obviously certain things can be staged and create false advertising or more body image/shaming issues - but also has the power to do the exact opposite and create inspiration). 

I also am a twitch streamer and enjoy talking to random people on a daily basis! I think its so neat to talk to people of such varying backgrounds.

My hate of it though....it can cause a lot of stress, it can create a lot of distance for people in relationships, it creates a worse sense of needing that immediate response from the world and can make you feel even more insignificant in a depressing way. Its also really easy to hurt people with or be hurt from. 

Tbh its a scary thought thinking of raising children with social media being so prevalent. 

As for your question about leaving it. I've lost and broken my phone and have gone without a computer for weeks and months. Its actually really relieving not being accessible to people and having a break. But, because its around me so much, I so noticed its absence and also have to let my friends be aware I am sans social media so they can still contact me or people think you're angry at them or avoiding them. To many pro and cons haha

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