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🌶 take re: birdsite and mastodon 

One of the reasons people tend to go back to birdsite and not stick around on Mastodon is the human brain failing to quickly shift gears away from a platform that's dopamine based.

All that dopamine? Suddenly poof. "OK what now? I guess I should open birdsite."

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@ru "What, you mean I actually put some effort in to find things I like rather than be told what I like? That's crazy!" 😆

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@ru that was the hard part of deleting Instagram for me. For the first days I felt like I had a hole in my life

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@ru it's hard! I disabled metrics on Twitter web view and I still sometimes itch to see them, especially on personal posts

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@ru anyone not getting dopamine here is definitely wired very differently to me. I could barely contain myself when I found out how many science communicators are on the Fedi, and that was only last night!

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@proactiveservices @ru The thing here on the fedi is that people are talking with each other, rather than at each other, and that makes it feel a lot better to me, I get more dopamine from talking with people than from screaming in the void :)

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@ru @david gosh yeah… living without constantly seeing how many birdlikes you get

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@ru
It pretty clear when you look at the differences in how Birdsite defectors are using Masto/Pleroma. They aren't filtering themselves; they ejaculate every random thought into their feed fishing for engagement, look constantly for like-minded people to ally themselves with, and get into vitriolic shouting matches with randos who aren't ready and willing to call Elon Musk Hitler. It really shows how an engagement-based platform trains people.

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@swashberry @ru Tragic.

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@ru And that’s **exactly** what Twitter wants.

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@ru this assumes there's any dopamine left on birdsite. For at least some of us "expats" birdsite is now a source of stress.

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@Cleoqc @ru
Man, toxicity is getting kinda nuts.

I followed a lot of peeps (fans) on there, and while many were absolutely lovely, some were pretty toxic and even downright sycophantic.

Almost every Twitter community was like that. Lots of wounded people shouting at their perceived villains 😥

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@ru The only thing I miss about 🐤 is the ability to get a flood of real-time, boots-on-the-ground information about what's going on anywhere in the world, simply by doing a hashtag search for the city name.

Everything else, I'm glad to be free of. But I miss that.

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@ru Man, I dunno, I've been on a dopamine rush for the past five days now.

Maybe it's because some people are tragically addicted to doomscrolling, which doesn't really exist here. 🥹

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@ru I’ve been here for months, seen bird site referenced loads of times. Only now have I just realised bird site == twitter.

Everyday’s a school day.

@ru WRT arrivals from Twatter, I've noticed the big shock is that there isn't a single, central corporation taking care of you. Finding herbalists, or old car enthusiasts, or whatever--is a process.

So long as you don't mind ads and you stay within the lines they draw, the user experience is superior.

@ru yeah, reminds me of when I deleted my Facebook account. I took one last look at my friend's list and some posts, took a deep breath and hit confirm.

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@ru I always say you gotta migrate your brain first.

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@ru yeah! I have actually posted here far more than I ever did on 🐦 site

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@ru
Yeah, it happens to me every now and then. But the more people switch to Fediverse, the less often I open the Birdapp. :blobuwu:

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@ru That must be why my head isn't buzzing constantly when using Mastodon. All that dopamine isn't great.

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@ru it’s weird, i guess because my use of twitter is less than standard, mastodon was less hard to migrate to - my main issue was the lack of people i was interested in following, which is becoming less and less as people choose to migrate

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@ru I think I have an aversion to dopamine. The peace of being here rather than there is amazing

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@ru
I have closed my birdsite account last year and continued following a specific keyword for a certain niche anonymously via Nitter. However, last week I have completed stopped using birdsite altogether because the sheer amount of unwarranted, mean-spirited and downright nasty messages people were throwing around was starting to take a toll on my mental state. Thank goodness we have RSS feeds.
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