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An issue I continue to grapple with.

Following a good food diet is essential for health and well-being, and so I'd argue is being thoughtful about how we consume digital media.

After watching "The Social Dilemma," which I recommend, reading a handful of anti-tech books, and most recently listening to Joe Rogan's podcast with Tristan Harris (of "The Social Dilemma"), it seems that even the experts are at a loss for how to deal with things.

Here are two ideas I've found helpful, and would love to hear from others.

#1 Be mindful of when tech serves you

* I love having a training log here.
* I enjoy sharing beautiful moments or funny things on Instagram.
* I enjoy learning about interesting people or subjects on YouTube and the internet.
* I enjoy using my phone when around people to share something that strengthens our interaction.

#2 Avoid it when it doesn't

* basically all other uses. And I understand this post violates this, but I hope that sharing it is illuminating for others or myself (in any responses).

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Never buy anything you see presented to you on IG, FB, or Twitter.


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Social media is irredemiably malignant.

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Bennyonesix1 wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:06 am Social media is irredemiably malignant.
I don't think I have ever seen a better assessment.
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Distance makes people worse. So does lack of perceived consequences. I'm guilty of this as well. I've posted things, and sent emails, and made phone calls, in which I've said things I would only have said in person if I were boiling over, and maybe not even then.

There are horrors I've seen that I never would have seen without the Web than ensnares us all.

There's also the pernicious effect of educational-themed productions like Veritasium and Numberphile. I tell myself I've learned something, but have I really? And was it worth the opportunity cost?

At the same time, I'm dying for a conversation, and to have that back and forth with new voices, and to feel like I'm part of some kind of community. I also really want to feel like I'm contributing something of value.


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That's the bait they drew us in with and now they're closing off the access to everything behind "CLASSIFIED" and "MIS-INFORMATION" ETC ETC

They couldn't control the real world enough so they created a limited meta-world (internet) where a greater degree of control is possible.

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There's a line from The Social Dilemma that's something like:

"We were afraid of when AI would overtake our strengths [cue scene of Terminator 2 and robots stomping on skulls], but it's already overtaken our weaknesses [cue scene of people swiping away on their smartphones]."

One of the toughest parts of reduced use is being okay with boredom. Saying, "Alright, I'm just gonna space out." Of course, having a good book on hand cures this problem.
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Bram wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:48 am One of the toughest parts of reduced use is being okay with boredom.
Think of the social ills of drugs, alcohol, consumerism, fanaticism, etc. and how much of it is driven by people's inability to grapple with boredom.
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That's an honest assessment.

I basically drink coffee because I enjoy the act, but the trade-off is my sleep gets fucked. Done for the day and four hours until bedtime, haha, we'll see if I succumb to the temptations of easy entertainment.
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