I've been weaning off other social media networks and am using the Fediverse again...

it occurs to me that some of the pernicious elements of social media (e.g. self-consciousness, jealousy, escapism) aren't fixed by federated distribution alone...

I think federation, however, will allow for experimentation and hopefully optimizing for user well-being (instead of advertising spend)

@harriskenny true. they aren't fixed, but we can minimize things like narcissism (by making boost counts/follower counts sorta hidden) and bullying (by making search only really work by tags).

it's a start. welcome back!

@tootbrute Good points, there are UI/UX changes that instances can make that we (collectively) can learn from

It's definitely a start! Happy to be back 😄

Indeed. The Fediverse is wonderful and so much healthier than corporate social media. But social media as a format has downsides for the human psyche, as does the internet in general (endless opportunities for distraction).

I don't think it means we shouldn't use these things, but these nifty technologies come with the responsibility to use them in a way that's healthy for our individual minds.

It's tricky. I've been pondering that too lately.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!