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I feel that people use mastodon or twitter, they write alot of things and react to others. but not to the extent of it becoming a productive thing.

This is why I personally dislike microblogging… the format and character limit mean discussions almost never become productive, its like two newspaper writers yelling over each other to see who can get the most “engagement”, rather than people having a conversation and learning from each other.

Recently I saw two historians I follow trying to debate a point, and the format turned them into combative children, through no fault of their own really.

Using it daily or even every 15 minutes like some of us is too much and very unworthy of your time.

This adds up over time too. I met someone who calculated how much time they spent tweeting, which they did consistently one year, averaging like 4 tweets per day. It was monumental and depressing, and that wasn’t even the time spent reading others, which was probably more… they could’ve used those hundreds of hours to learn a language, musical instrument, make art, etc.

Of course all social media has that problem, but some are more worthwhile and productive than others.

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agreed, microblogging itself seems to be broken. that’s why I find it kind of boring and my mastodon account mostly works like a glorified notification service.

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discussions almost never become productive

I find it incredibly toxic myself (on Twitter particularly). Especially with anything remotely “political” or otherwise controversial, people just try and hit each other with the snippiest bumper sticker to get a reaction. Of course Twitter Inc. loves to put whatever makes everyone mad right at the top where everyone can see it (“engagement!” just like you said). Very unfun, and I would almost say that I pity people trapped in that feedback loop (which I was for around half a year before I was spent on it).

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Pick up Neocities for a diary blog, perhaps. This is what I am going to do soon, as I have so much to say on so many topics often, wherever my virtual identity exists, that I think it would be valuable that people who know and value my thoughts can find most of it in one place, and even save it for themselves.

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I’m with you but. Use the tools according to your needs. Staring at social media feeling like you have to post something but not knowing what to post, feels like the tool has you, instead. Like kids doing tiktoks because the tool has created the behaviour, the norm for what is to have fun. If others want to post mundane things and share useless things let them too, we don’t know what people are going through. Maybe they are lonely maybe they need attention. We can always mute/ visit it less often. You can curate your usage but not expect others do it to your standards. is a healthier way to look at it. Social media doesn’t feel like the place for curated content anyway, it’s designed to incentivise these kinds of immediate usage that you critic. If you are staring at the empty box and not knowing what to post and that’s giving you a crisis, stop and ask yourself what you are doing it, why are you doing it, what are you trying to achieve and how that will help you.

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It seems like you solved your own problem here, honestly.

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