Sam Harris used to post on Twitter multiple times daily. Anyone who had quit social media could tell it wasn’t improving his life.
He was responding to its engineered cues to drive using it. Its engineers refined the techniques its industry evolved to addict people. Doing something he didn’t value but felt he couldn’t stop led him to rationalize and justify after the fact. Doing so enough led him nearly to believe his rationalizations and justifications.
Once he stopped, the rationalizations and justifications stopped and he came to his senses, as the freedom this snippet of one of his podcasts reveals:
We all follow this pattern with doof, social media, shopping online, flying, binge-watching TV, and many parts of life
We’d all benefit from ending our dependence on these things. Then we’d feel the freedom he found.
EDIT: He spoke again of the huge benefit of leaving social media addiction
In a later episode he spoke again of leaving Twitter. Compare his description with someone kicking an addiction he didn’t identify as an addiction. Consider how much you’ll benefit from kicking your addictions based on polluting and depleting. Keep in mind:
You tell me what you fear losing and I’ll tell you exactly where you’ll benefit.
Here’s a picture of addiction, which Sam described:
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