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    The New York Times CompanyLaura McKowen10/1/217 min
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    The New York Times Company
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    9.5
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    • thorgalle
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Never enough! This shows that the same toxic mental game of metrics still happens and continues whether your posts get 10 likes, or 10.000.

      Instagram set some baby-steps in reducing the prominence of likes, but since Facebook Corp thrives on addiction and engagement at its core, they can just not afford to actually make their products less addictive.

      It makes me wonder: if we zoom back 20 years, to the earlier days of the Web 2.0, I suppose it was more difficult to build an audience around a topic. There were probably less "influencers" as we call them today, and way less of them were online. If Laura had had the same drive to build an audience around getting sober as she had in 2013, could she have achieved similar success with the tools of that day? How would her daily community-building activities have made her feel, in comparison to the experiences in this article?

    • chrissetiana
      Top reader this weekTop reader of all timeReading streak
      1 month ago

      I play the tape all the way through and force myself to viscerally recall how I felt that morning on vacation. I feel the buzz of fear in my stomach, the clutch of anxiety around my throat, the endless procession of negative thoughts and the fractured texture of my attention. When I do this, I remember it’s simply not worth it.

      Same thing I do when I'm about to ‘forget’ and remake a bad decision.

    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      💪🏽 True~True 10 🫂

    • kellyalysia
      Scout
      1 month ago

      Relatable