alternatives to social media
Shared by cregox@ahoxus.org · 686d ago · 0 comments

TK / wip

i personally have quit twitter and most of those middle online social grounds already.

because they're way too centralised.

as you might expect, the results were very satisfying!

here are some thoughts on how you can "delete" them too!!

# technically

- mastodon is decentralised. which also makes it much harder on the users because it's a trade off and a new ground. trolls are very alive there! even someone as tech savvy as will wheaton ended up giving up on it.

- scuttlebutt is even more decentralised. but it's also much harder to install, to use, and it gets way too slow if you add more than a few dozen people or just one big "feed" into it.

# in practice

in practice, they're all somewhat bad, by design. still, i very sporadically use them 3. also reddit, github, tiktok, and few others who aren't as big (or generally bad) online social services such as facebook, google, microsoft, etc and their derivates, whatsapp linkedin, etc.

they're all more like fun places to make a tini tiny connection with random strangers.

they all fall prey to the centralisation conundrum. it's not easy to do it differently. but i argue it is necessary for our collective health.

# then what?

so a better practical alternative: simply doing something else!!

online social media is exactly like drugs. it's all fun while you're at it, but they add no value to life otherwise. except if used cautiously, at which point they can work as a better relief mechanism than tobacco.

# do you smoke?

never did. but i find online games to be a better time filler, because at least you're training your reflexes and some brain abilities. the past years i'm in love with vainglory, a mobile "moba". good to train the inner rage as well.

i'm sure you can find your own "something else". just don't over do it. even something as productive as cooking or cleaning/organising can become too much.

for whatever "productive" even means.

we should be seeking more for enjoyment with love. ^_^

# what's your take, dear stranger?

ps: this is basically an edit post from my brief interaction with david crombie
https://frontier.pioneer.app/posts/155b89df-cregox-ahoxus-org-progress-update-september-21st-2020 that i felt it might be good sharing more.

for a (much) bigger TK: https://cregox.net/delete