A diminished appetite for video consumption
The #YThijack experiment is going well. As expected, adding an extra thin layer of complexity to the consumption workflow disrupted the whole thing and helped to unhook me from it.
A few things worth noticing:
It is a social thing. I realized how many times I ended up watching videos simply because someone shared a link with me. The immense majority of those are links to meme videos. Would I put the effort to send the link to my computer, download the thingy and watch it? ... nay.
I can't crave the unknown. I don't feel the urge to watch videos I don't know are there, as simple as that. Mostly, I want to go there to watch again videos that I found interesting in the past — which amounts to hardly 2% of them.
Bad habits spread out quickly. So, I found myself spending more time on Fosstodon, LinkedIn and even R.W.a. Just as someone quitting drugs who suddenly starts drinking alcohol as if there is no tomorrow; then, when reality hits again, went on a smoking frenzy to deal with his transition to sobriety. Something I must definitely watch out for.
And still, the biggest change this has brought about is a deceleration of time, which now flows differently as I experience moments of boredom here and there during the day.