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the triteness of social media

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Any emotion, be it outrage, gratitude, or anything in between, can be rustled up and trivialised on social media.
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  2. colacao17

    colacao17 Senior commenter

    Social media is what you make of it.
    If you use it purely to keep in touch with family and friends, it's still, for me, the best and easiest way.
    agathamorse, Dragonlady30 and Alice K like this.
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    The language people use too ? - I scan Linkedin from time to time. Many posts there are self congratulatory and / or schmalzy and consist of contributions which involve the use of ‘guys / amazing / congrats’ - and often say absolutely nothing.
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  4. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    This forum is the only social media that I do.
    I read yesterday that only 20% of the population use Twitter, and that 10% of them are responsible for 80% of tweets. I found it quite comforting that in actual fact those with the loudest mouths are in actually in a small minority.
  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    That's amazeballs!;)
  6. abwdSTEM

    abwdSTEM Occasional commenter

    Which clearly shows that these people are prime management material.
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  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    The BBC Have Your say is very bad because its structure, in my experience, doesn't allow debate to easily occur so it basically gets opinions and insults. The BBC don't like NI sessions 'harking back' and since moderation is reactive it tends to favour a Republican slant. Slugger O'Toole tends to the Republican as well but tends to offer better opportunities for debate and Mumsnet is full of women. So TES isn't too bad.
  8. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

  9. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    Agree that Facebook et al. is what you make of it. I loathe being pestered for months by Facebook to reply to somebody's message consisting of the single word "Hi!" On the other hand, I enjoy visiting the Facebook pages of people who have a passion for, and expertise in, the hobbies I pursue in retirement.

    One social media forum I value is Nextdoor.co.uk, which brings together people living in the immediate vicinity. This way I get to hear about all the lost pets, shopping bargains, petty crimes and other local happenings within a three-mile radius.
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  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    You could have worked that out based on reading some of the put-you-down-big-me-up threads on here.

    I love Twitter-it's a world of specialists and three million takes on one single news story.
    It's just words. They could well all be made up.
    But it doesn't stop it being a highly interesting way to find out about the world.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2020
  11. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Me too, @smoothnewt. I did Facebook for a very short time years ago and knew it wasn't for me at that time. Might do it again when I retire, but I'm not sure.
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  12. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Twitter is brilliant if you focus on the right people (opinion may differ on who they are).
    There are always new informed people to discover. e.g. since Sokal Squared I frequently read Lindsay, Pluckrose, and Boghossian.
  13. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    If you do a search on why you should be on facebook, it basically tells you that you shouldn't bother! We should all be boycotting anyway because Zuckerberg promotes fascism and racism, has been shown to do so, allowed Russian interference in the US election and the Brexit vote, and does nothing about it. (See press for details)
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  14. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    The fact that FB only has a very limited range of emoticons reduces the whole gamete of human emotion to a few pigeonholes and feels very similar to Orwell’s 1984 and vocabulary reduction
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  15. modelmaker

    modelmaker Senior commenter

    Same here if you mean contribute to. I read a number of other forums that discuss interesting stuff and link to various articles worth reading though.
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  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I'm on here because I love you all.
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  17. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    How sweet it is to be loved by you...
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  18. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Emotions go beyond sex cells!

    I do agree with you that emoticons tend to trivialise emotion. I only use them for humour.
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  19. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I don't even know whatmostof them mean!
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I could make the obvious comment at this point.

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