What to do with social media?

So I’ve been thinking a lot as of late about what to do with what remains of my social media accounts. I dropped Facebook a long time ago. I was using it very infrequently already but more of the people I cared about keeping in contact with on that platform slowly started dropping off, tired of the low signal-to-noise ratio. The fact that I was unhappy with their business practices made the decision that much easier but now I’m wondering, what about Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit?

Twitter can be a real cesspool to be sure but it can very useful. The way I use it now is probably 95% as a news source and I tweet occasionally. I also use, and completely adore, Instagram. I post much more there and it’s a fabulous platform to follow the food websites and publications I love. Also found my favorite pair of boots there (Jack Boot in green). But as we all know Instagram is owned by Facebook and that gives me pause these days. Reddit? Well, Reddit provides almost zero value and I’ve already deleted my account twice there. But I keep getting pulled back there to argue over stupid stuff.

I’ve been asking myself lately just how much value are these apps adding to my life? The pull to them during any moment of boredom is very strong. It was strong enough that I took Twitter off my phone. Instagram is useless without the app installed. Reddit I can say with certainty that I’ve answered the question of usefulness multiple times. So where does that leave this conversation?

My Twitter account is almost 11 years old. I’ve tried deleting it multiple times only to come back before it was truly deleted. Funny how they make that work isn’t it? Are you really sure? Hey, we’ll hold the account for 30 days just in case you change your mind! They make it far too easy. 30 days is a long time and my (lack of) willpower and fear of losing my Twitter name and early join date has always brought me back. I’ve made some really juicy rationalizations in why I should keep Twitter but I also keep coming back to the question: should I keep Twitter?

Instagram is a much harder question to answer and I’m pretty sure at this point, Facebook ownership or not, that I’m keeping Instagram. So far from a privacy angle I just don’t see the same problems for Instagram that Facebook is having. There is no doubt that they track what I look at there but I don’t think there are the same privacy implications there as with Facebook. Ultimately I find it very useful and I don’t find that I keep asking myself if I should delete it.

Reddit? I don’t think there is any question on that one: forgetit.

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