"Again, those who used substitutes reported missing and craving Facebook less over time, whereas those who weren’t reminded to try alternatives missed it more over time."

Not a quote from a advocate 🍍, but research cited by Chicago Booth Review in 2015:


@shatteredgears Not sure whether social media is an addiction and whether we should really want to "wean" ourselves off it. Social media can be quite useful, after all! A permanent replacement for some of the most popular platforms might be desirable, though (see other comments in the thread, too).

@stefanieschulte @shatteredgears I often hear this said and always counter with ICD10 checklists. who.int/substance_abuse/termin
no strong desires, no withdrawal symptoms, no tolerance, no neglect of alternative pleasures, no persisting with substance use despite clear evidence of overtly harmful consequences… I guess you could say "why don't you spend more time outside?!" arguing for alternative pleasures? Pfft!


@kensanata @shatteredgears I think social media usage is not much different from "older" people's habit of watching a lot of TV (which was always alien to me, even if I'm one of those "older" people myself).

Many people used to switch on their TVs as soon as their arrived home. Some didn't even talk to each other while staring at the screen! On social media, people are at least interacting with each other.

@stefanieschulte @shatteredgears I also remember my uncle coming home and wanting to relax, not talk to anybody and read the newspaper for an hour or two.

@kensanata @shatteredgears @stefanieschulte I see social media as being an entirely legitimate use of one's time and energy -- as long as it's not done to excess, but this is true of pretty much any activity ever.

@woozle @kensanata @shatteredgears @stefanieschulte I agree that social media is a legitimate use of one's time, and in fact that it can be beneficial, particularly for those for whom networking is an important part of success in work. Social networking also allows for the broadening of horizons with its potential to expose one to a global network of ideas not necessarily found at home in real life.

@shatteredgears @kensanata 😱 s/"their arrived home"/"they arrived home"

Downside of social media: More opportunities for typos, compared with watching 📺!

@stefanieschulte @kensanata @shatteredgears
some of this generation were very interested in "how TV/radio worked"+how to get your own stuff on it" (was once a pirate radio DJ and later a (legal) broadcast engineer) - would do stuff like try and tune in other regions/countries channels during weather conditions, listen on radios for strange signals, build own transmitters etc. Social media often allows this to be done legally with less risk involved!

@shatteredgears @kensanata @stefanieschulte with regard to the drugs / substances analogies; some drugs and usage patterns are less harmful than others, *provided* folk get good harmreduction info!

Commercial networks are dependent on ads and *do* try and hook into compulsive behaviour, a project like this has potential to be safer to its users. (its not unlike the freetekno scene of 90s/00s but with people legally acquiring the resources used!)

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