I just thought of a fairly accurate analogy (as obscure and unscientific as it is) about where I stand in my life, and how I see things, and my position and opinions regarding social media: nnI am basically a non-smoker in the late 1960snn**What the hell does this mean?**nnWell, smoking cigarettes became *wildly* popular in the United States in the mid-1940s (before then, too, but The Great Depression wiped out most people’s cigarette budgets (which is actually true)). And from the 1940s on forward (as history tells us, because *I* wasn’t born until 1983) people smoked pretty frequently, and without hesitation. Hell, up until I was 10 years old (1993), smoking could be seen everywhere – restaurants, gas stations (meaning *inside* gas stations), inside “smoking lounges” in airports (and believe it or not, up through the late-1970s, you could smoke *in* the airplane! And even in the hospital!! – different world, indeed). It was “accepted”, no one gave it a second thought, health risks were for the most part not considered or “brushed off” if they had been considered – no one cared.nnI see much in the same with social media – some lightheartedly call it a “habit”, others make self-deprecating jokes about their overuse of it, some (most) people look to whomever is to their left or to their right and see that *they* are using it, so if anyone makes mention of it at all, they just refer back to how common it is, how relatable the “habit” (addiction) is, and shrug it off with the masses.nnSome (a varied few) see things completely differently – such as myself. I have taken notice (and there is a huge body of knowledge to back this up) that *all* social media services are addictive, that anyone who partakes *does* become addicted (I never met a pack-a-day smoker who hadn’t fallen victim to nicotine addiction, for example). So, I sort of see myself as **a non-smoker in the late 1960s**. Or, I see myself as someone who sees a lot of thick, dark writing on the wall well before some (most) others do. Someone who had the foresight to stop cigarettes in the late 1960s would have been roughly in the same disposition *I* am in now with life, with the world, and with their relationship to others during a widespread epidemic (yes, I *would* call it that), and just sort of having to “*live amongst*” this type of activity.nnAnyway, this is a small analogy of how I see things. I am not “better” or “worse” than anyone (we all have personal struggles), but in a very fact-of-the-matter way (as I see it) this is how I view things.nnThanks for reading

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