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I came across this and found it interesting. Thought I'd share here. Does anybody have any thoughts on any of this?

http://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/why-generation-z-are-deleting-their-social-media-accounts-and-going-offline?utm_source=vicefbus
#1 - October 15, 2015, 09:48 AM
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Can't say I'm surprised. I'm not gen z, but I only got on social media when forced by my book deal to "promote" myself and my work. I never wanted to be on it because I was well aware of the loss of privacy. I work hard to keep it only related to writing and books and not get into my private life (and some people have said my presence is "cold" because of it, but whatever). I have to think that people are finally waking up to the fact that, while it does have its uses, it can be horribly addicting and create a hugely distorted view of life that can really mess with your sense of self if you're not careful. Good for them.

Plus, it's mostly all noise at this point. Now that everyone knows you "have" to be on it to promote whatever it is that you do, everyone's just shouting at everyone else and no one gets heard. Maybe people are realizing that it's not a productive use of time and they're better off focusing on living in the real world and producing quality products instead of blathering about nothing.

Maybe gen z, having grown up with it and having had their parents posting every embarrassing picture of them from toilet training to acne, are the first to realize that this all encompassing posting of every detail of life is unnecessary, unproductive, annoying, and sometimes dangerous. Good for them.

#2 - October 16, 2015, 07:43 AM
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I would prefer to have my website, and that's it. It's not just the gen z kids/adults who are feeling that social media is too much! Lack of privacy is just the beginning—and I think we should all be careful about the type of information we post.
#3 - October 16, 2015, 08:23 AM
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Yeah, I find Twitter kind of chaotic and I know I'm not getting out of what I'm supposed to be. And even FB has become overwhelmingly ads and suggested/sponsored posts, clickbait and stupid memes (which I am often guilty of sharing if they are literature related, lol) and I see much less of what my friends post than I would like. Also, I know the internet has at times been a place for ugliness. The trolling and the threats of violence have got to stop. It feels unsafe.

I read an article once that said that even restaurants are seeing a negative impact. Patrons spend longer at the table because they are looking at their phones so are not ready to order when the server comes, then take pictures of the food etc, and linger longer on their phones, so the restaurant turns over fewer tables, making less money. My husband and I made the conscious decision to never look at our phones when we are having dinner at a restaurant.
#4 - October 16, 2015, 09:02 AM
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