Replied to Hello, I’m Andy and I’m addicted to Twitter (

A big part of getting better and overcoming addiction is accepting that you are addicted, and with that in mind, I’m telling you here today that I’m addicted to Twitter. Enough is enough, though. I have to get better.

That is some effort. Personally, I found dragging in a select list into my feed reader using Granary worked best for me to stop spending too much time.
Replied to Abstaining From Social Media Doesn’t Improve Well-Being, Experimental Study Finds (Research Digest)

The research does suggest that panics linking social media use to poor mental health are overblown. Of course, there may be plenty of other reasons to go cold turkey on social media — but for now, it’s not clear that our psychological well-being is one of them.

For me, this is no surprise. Expecting a digital detox to solve any issues associated with social media is like pulling out the willows that line many of the irrigation canals in country Victoria while expecting that the walls will not be compromised. Technology is a system, simply deactivating an account does not answer what it may have been satisfying. For example, over the last year or so I have moved away from spaces like Twitter and Voxer to focusing on RSS and blogs. This ‘detox’ had the consequence of loosing contact with some bloggers who had moved to spaces like Twitter and Instagram using mediums like threads. What I learnt is that such platforms are ingrained to the connections made. Although I have managed to use things like Granary to follow on my own terms, I am still not completely sold on a pure break.
Bookmarked ‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media by Alex Hern (the Guardian)

Developers of platforms such as Facebook have admitted that they were designed to be addictive. Should we be following the executives’ example and going cold turkey – and is it even possible for mere mortals?

Alex Hern continues his exploration of social media, this time investigating who social media executives do not actually use the spaces which they create:

I used to look at the heads of the social networks and get annoyed that they didn’t understand their own sites. Regular users encounter bugs, abuse or bad design decisions that the executives could never understand without using the sites themselves. How, I would wonder, could they build the best service possible if they didn’t use their networks like normal people? Now, I wonder something else: what do they know that we don’t?

Hern shares his efforts to remove himself:

That is certainly how I feel about Twitter. I have tried to cut back, after realising how much of my time was spent staring at a scrolling feed of aphorisms ranging from mildly amusing to vaguely traumatic. I deleted 133,000 tweets, in an effort to reduce the feeling that I couldn’t give up on something into which I had sunk so much time. I removed the apps from my phone and my computer, forcing any interaction through the web browser. I have taken repeated breaks. But I keep coming back.

He also highlights what we are up against:

It is one thing to be a child with a protective parent keeping technology away from you. It is quite another to live like a technology executive yourself, defeating the combined effort of thousands of the world’s smartest people to instil a craving to open their app every day. I am not alone in struggling.

Along with Mozilla’s podcast on overload, they provide a useful provocation to go further on the topic.