Recently I’ve become reaware of my lack of intentionality when I use social media. I say reaware because I had realised this same thing when a took a break from instagram a few years ago.
What prompted it this time was Invidious. After setting up my own instance and importing my existing YouTube subscriptions, I realised that it obviously has no recommendations to show me. It only has trending videos (which are largely videos I don’t care about) and videos by the creators I am subscribed to.
This made me recognize two things about how I use YouTube:
Using Invidious instead of YouTube forces me to ask "Why did I come here?" which results in one of two outcomes:
Either way I avoid the infinite homepage -> video -> homepage loop, because odds are Invidious has nothing new to show me. So it seems that aside from the privacy benefits of Invidious it has practical benefits too.
Now how do I do the same for Reddit, Twitch and Hacker News?
Should I even care about any of this? Is spending a lot of time on YouTube a problem?
Even if I didn't, would I do anything more "productive" anyway (a topic for another day)?