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De-digitize

Downgrading my social media presence wasn’t the only thing on my mind. In the past months I’ve re-evaluated my reliance on digital services and products. Of course, when you do so things become real scary, real quick. Your agenda is most likely being maintained by a third party, not yourself. Likewise Facebook is most likely your Rolodex and birthday calendar in one. Your newspaper might be an RSS-reader or some sort of aggregating website. Basically, most online companies can plot my day, interests, and social network pretty accurately. Even then they still make mistakes (Facebook was for some reason convinced…

Scrubbing my social media accounts

Last week I’ve scrubbed both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I didn’t really use my Facebook account to start with as it never felt as authentic as Twitter. Ever since the downright crazy Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands, the Brexit referendum in the UK, and the equally nutty US elections however, my enjoyment of Twitter has taken a nosedive as well. Everyone was shouting. I already experienced a miniature version of this months before 2016’s craziness in the form of Gamergate. Being heavily involved in video games and video game culture meant the shouting was already annoying. But in 2016…