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    How dependent on social media are you?

    I rewatched a Black Mirror episode today. I won't go on about it but it more or less predicted the Chinese social credit system. Basically, if you're an obedient citizen you'll have a high score and vice versa. Perks for the elite, rights taken from the "disorderly". It sounds like something out of dystopian fiction, eh? Too bad it isn't just that now.

    I don't think that'll stay in communist China. It'll make it to the west eventually. The thing is, it doesn't take a scary story like that to see how preoccupied people are by numbers on screens and what people think of them. I think there's a growing crisis that's been under our noses for well over a decade but seemingly everyone's turned a blind eye.

    The more people are convinced that their online status is actually important, the likelier it is that society will accept a system like social credit. I guess I say this with a different perspective to most people because I left social media in 2012. While I've occasionally had to visit sites like Twitter to maintain the OSN account for instance, I haven't used any social media for my personal life in close to a decade.

    I'm admittedly out of touch and cannot understand what people see in social media. Even lots of ex-technophobic seniors are hooked. From time to time I make fun of my mother's Facebook obsession. Like many users I do get the feeling she's addicted to the validation she gets from "likes" and the instant gratification from sharing photos of completely ordinary things.

    I remember back when I did use social media. I did care about that stuff. Leaving social media was honestly such a relief. You always hear people dramatically say they're leaving the platforms, but many of the platforms have a 30-day (something like that) recovery period because they know most people do crawl back. I enjoy not considering what people I haven't seen in decades and may never meet again think about me. I enjoy not having to trawl through the news feed slideshows of facades that only show the best of people's lives. Simply utopian.

    That being said, I'm not judging you if you're a user of the platforms. That'd be a lot of people to judge. I can also respect that social media has practical uses but do think it's an excuse when people say they have to use it to keep in touch with certain friends and family. (Telephone? E-mails?) I'm interested in how invested in social media you guys are. Daily usage? Phone attached at hip? Would you ever give it up? Where will it lead society?

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    The stuff happening in China is already happening in other places, even the US. They are doing it behind closed doors and people don't even realize it. If you use Facebook, Twitter, and the other big social platforms, your information is being sold to insurance companies, banks, etc. which will affect how much you pay for healthcare, how big of a loan you can get when you decide to buy a house, and your overall credit score. It is insane people are still on Facebook and Twitter even though this has been publically documented.

    The only social platforms I use are private forums like this one and YouTube and I am moving away from YouTube to a privatized app that will allow me to watch without tracking me. I value my privacy and the value of it. I wish more people did. I think most people on this forum do.

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    I wouldn't give it long until other countries adapt a "social credit score" taking into account what people are like in this day and age, where people cannot do anything for themselves if it doesn't warrant more likes on social media.

    As far as social media itself goes, it was a tough breakup for me as I relied on it to harvest some dank memes but thankfully telegram has been able to fill that void. I have completely gotten rid of my social media accounts last year and so far I have not had a single thought about reversing that decision. I am actually able to focus longer, I no longer feel annoyed because of the stupid shit people post. It's done wonders for my mental health, not to mention the privacy concerns.

    I use telegram to keep in touch with friends and family, discord for other friends and a select few have my phone number. I kill way too much time on my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagato View Post
    I wouldn't give it long until other countries adapt a "social credit score" taking into account what people are like in this day and age, where people cannot do anything for themselves if it doesn't warrant more likes on social media.

    As far as social media itself goes, it was a tough breakup for me as I relied on it to harvest some dank memes but thankfully telegram has been able to fill that void. I have completely gotten rid of my social media accounts last year and so far I have not had a single thought about reversing that decision. I am actually able to focus longer, I no longer feel annoyed because of the stupid shit people post. It's done wonders for my mental health, not to mention the privacy concerns.

    I use telegram to keep in touch with friends and family, discord for other friends and a select few have my phone number. I kill way too much time on my phone.
    There are so many options out there like this place is a good example. I don't understand why people feel the need to stick to just one platform. I guess it is out of convenience. Most people that I know who left Twitter, Facebook, etc. are a lot happier because of it. I am glad you are feeling better and have other ways to socialize you enjoy.

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