Posts tagged ‘friend’

Social media ain’t for us

Social networks have turned people into shittier friends.

That’s my conclusion after going off of Facebook and not doing much on Mastodon for a few days.

We have our connections, and acting on the “assumption” that our audience is there, we send something out into the aether and giddily await reactions.

We do not actively seek out our friends: “Hey, how are you? Got time for a coffee to talk about stuff?”
No, we act as if we are on a stage, we await reactions, and we react.
We perform.
We perform the initial action, and we perform the reactions.
It’s the same across all platforms, not just Facebook, but also Mastodon, and of course Instagram, Twitter, MeWe, Tsu and all the other garbage heaps too.

Social networks make us (more) asocial.
Social networks aren’t for us (people).

We are social animals.
We, once, needed the group, the tribe, to survive:
Loners died. Groups thrived.

It is engrained in our genes, that we need a group. Our friends, our family, our tribe, our people.
But because today (read: current times) it is harder to maintain friendships (full time employment, separated by many kilometres, different life choices [f.e. kids vs. no kids], ever shifting and expanding ‘tribal’ landscapes, etc.) we *could* use social media as a crutch, as an add on.

But this add-on has become full on bloat-ware that is now taking over the entire system.

People have shifted their entire lives into social media, they are always on, always available (except when asleep).
Which I find highly disturbing.
Which, incidentally, is only adding to my decision to kill all my Facebook and Google related stuff, and limit my Mastodon time.

If I want to scream into the void and wait for any reactions, I’m doing it on my blog. (Or I’d go to a comedy club on stage.)

But I’m done with social media. It is asocial. It has taught me that.
I noticed that I have become a shittier friend, and I’ve seen this happen to other people as well: Be seen. Be seen seeing.
But I don’t want to be an actor on a stage receiving attention at the speed and value of a Like/Fav/RT/mention/etc.
I want REAL connections; conversations – even digital – but not over an eavesdropping service that finds ways to insert itself and sabotage the entire thing.

No thanks.

Whatever you do out there, take care,
A.

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Genuises!!

“If you find the feces in this picture of logs and leaves in under a minute, you’re a genius scientists say. Share if you found it, and post your time!” -randem Fecesbook post.

If anything, a study pertaining these sort of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ pictures and posts would only measure how gullible and dumb people are.
There is nothing genius in here, just an ability to find stupid shit amongst other stupid shit. Bravo, now hand over the like and share us, so we can get more likes and traffic, for whatever stupid reasons.
You wanna really stand out to your friends and relatives as a genius? Delete your facebook.

PS: Any tests that you find online, that are in fact not hosted and maintained by actual psychologists and the likes, supposedly measuring your IQ, are not measuring your IQ.
They’re shite, simple as that.

You want to learn your IQ? Go see a fucking doctor for goodness sake, otherwise you’re demonstrating a lack of IQ.
There, fixed that for you delusional dimwits,

Take care,
A.

Life ain’t that hard, Suggestions

I don’t know if I wrote about this before, or just drafted this shit in my head.
And if I already spewed my poison in this regard, I don’t care – this shit irks me again, right now.

Suggesting shit to people ain’t that hard. It basically boils down to two options:

1.: If you know the fuckers, have spent a lot of time with them, make suggestions based on THEIR taste. Whether that is music, games, movies, TV shows or (god forbid in the 21st century) books, or blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.!
2.: You find something so outrageously good, you just have to tell other people about it, and suggest they give it a try themselves.

There is no way a soulless, braindead algorithm is able to suggest anything to you, me or anyone else on the planet (or the entire universe), anything. (Unless it is a true AI, in which case the above checklist applies to the true AI as well)

I know these algorithms out there look into what I liked, what I am following, what I bought or claimed I already own, and base their suggestions to me based on their data, but these algorithms are utter, diarrhetic, feces.
They never hit the spot.
NEVER!
Relentlessly they keep barfing out worthless crap after worthless crap, after worthless crap, after worthless crap.
Unrelated in every and any sense to what I like, to what I am following, to what I bought/own(ed).

Dismiss, Dislike, Flag, Report. They keep coming back, but maybe if enough of us tell the people making these algorithms that they made a huge mistake, maybe they’ll stop….or tweak the algorithms until they have a virtual friend AI that truly knows us, and rule 1 applies….

Until then, do not suggest me anything unless rule 1 or rule 2 applies to the fullest!

Take care,
A.

The old-friend terror.

I got contacted by an old friend today. It wasn’t about something desperate or really severe, just bland, good, old life. Some chit chat and nostalgic feelings, wanting to meet and catch up.

Now, I live in terror.

Having grown up with Star Trek the original series, MacGyver and Little House, I can’t otherwise! If James T. Kirk, Angus MacGyver or Charles Ingalls and his family, bump into an old friend of theirs – shit hits the fan.
For said friend!
I don’t wish my old friend to be befallen by any ill luck, but I don’t want to be the old friend either…

We all, each and everyone of us, are the protagonists in an individual, life long story. So I AM the old friend! I just hope my old friend isn’t in the least bit like Captain Kirk, MacGyver or Ingalls.

Just to be on the safe side though, I’ll avoid wearing red shirts in the near future…