Hey hey DEV Community! Boring day on the internet, huh? /s
I'm kidding — in case you hadn't heard somehow, today is the day that Elon Musk has completed his drawn-out, dramatic purchase of Twitter. Or, as he put it:
Elon Muskthe bird is freed03:49 AM - 28 Oct 2022
I'm not here to argue the finer points of Musk's takeover plan, the future of Twitter or Meta, their impact on democracy and global politics, etc. If you want to chat about those things, check out @jmfayard's post on the topic.
Here's what I am curious about: what it would take to change our scrolling habits.
It's clear that things are changing in our current social media landscape, between this high-profile takeover and reports about the state of business at Meta, née Facebook. There are so many reasons to quit! It's also true that these platforms, over the years, have rewired our brains to crave their patterns and rewards — meaning that leaving platforms or quitting entirely can be really, really hard.
On the other hand, there are less-centralized, less-addictive platforms out there for socializing and networking online (hello! You're on dev.to!). Lots of folks on Twitter are flocking to Mastodon today, too. I made an account there for the first time and I've been having fun piecing together how it works and how I want to show up in that space.
So devs, here are my questions for you:
- Which social media platforms do you spend the most time on, and for what purposes? Networking, socializing, brain-numbing?
- What do you enjoy about your preferred platforms? What do you hate about them?
- What would it take to make a sustainable change to your current social media intake?