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Blue Jay
Blue Jay

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Joined: 18 Sep 2021
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20 Mar 2023, 9:24 pm

I was never really very immersed in social media. I left facebook about 10 years ago, have had a twitter account for the last decade or so, and have used snapchat as well as discord. However, they have all bored me to tears. Throughout the years, twitter is the only one I consistently used and I restricted it to posting very particular messages regarding my special interest which is in the social sciences.

I have never found any of the social media websites or apps "social" or good for making friends so I am perennially baffled when I encounter people who say it has been beneficial. Then I remind myself that people's definitions of friends might be precarious. I have decided to delete twitter simply because that too is not really that interesting but also because, again, I have made no social connections on there. Even if I did, I would imagine that the nature of such connections would be very noncommittal and thus meaningless due to the ephemeral and narcissistic nature of such apps and websites.

For instance, the reason I left facebook many years ago was due to the show and tell nature of the whole website. As for Discord, it is basically a giant chatroom in which nothing seems to happen, even if I joined a server with so-called like-minded interests or identities that purported to reflect myself. That got boring and hollow very quickly. As for snapchat, that is a very uneventful and tedious venture.

I think some of this boils down to finding it actually difficult to communicate on these apps and sites in the context of making friends. However, it is also based on the pathetic way they are designed purely ot maximise engagement of a very superficial and narcissistic kind.


Mona Pereth

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21 Mar 2023, 3:40 pm

I share your dislike of most major social media platforms, especially Facebook.

I still post on Twitter now and then, but, in my opinion, old-fashioned message boards like Wrong Planet are much better for the purpose of having actual meaningful discussion.

- Autistic in NYC - Resources and new ideas for the autistic adult community in the New York City metro area.
- Autistic peer-led groups (via text-based chat, currently) led or facilitated by members of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group.
- My Twitter (new as of 2021)

Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
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Joined: 26 Mar 2023
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31 May 2023, 1:13 am

Social media is the new cigarette anyways. Both are highly addictive and can be harmful to your health.

I do use a few social media platforms (mostly YouTube and SpaceHey), but am absolutely repulsed by the garbage platforms that most of my peers use such as stupid Instagram and TikTok. :disgust:

I prefer internet forums such as this one.

Diagnosed with autism as a toddler and diagnosed with general anxiety disorder at the age of 9.