Participating in Social Media Surrenders One's Attention

The first thing I noticed was that I suddenly lacked an outlet for the compulsion not to write.1 It wasn’t news to me that I used social media for procrastination purposes, but without it, I found myself lacking an easy source for distractions.

It dawned on me that I’d mostly stopped visiting websites directly and instead had been following the recommendations in my feeds to wherever they might lead me. My reading was no longer deliberate but curated by external forces that may or may not have aligned with my interests. I’d ceded control of my most valuable currency: my attention.


What became acutely obvious when I stopped taking their recommendations was how tribal online discussions can be. So many posts in my feeds were people broadcasting their political or professional identities by expressing outrage or praise for a particular news event or article. It seems to me that these kinds of posts aren’t so much about instigating thoughtful discourse as they are about broadcasting your own tastes or positioning yourself on a team. By opting out, I wasn’t missing thoughtful discussions, I was skipping pep rallies for various factions.


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social media:FieldTerminology (0.817825 (negative:-0.521791))

English-language films (0.885764): dbpedia
Opting out (0.783200): dbpedia | freebase
Opt-out (0.740960): dbpedia | freebase

 Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Aschwanden, Christie (JUN. 6, 2017), Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is, Retrieved on 2017-06-20
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  • Folksonomies: social media tribalism


    20 JUN 2017

     Social Media, Online Tribalism VS Localism

    Participating in Social Media Surrenders One's Attention > Additional Support/Evidence > Be Part of Where You Live
    Folksonomies: social media locality
    Folksonomies: social media locality