It’s interesting watching various parts of the internet come around to where, based on what I’ve observed, an increasing number of people have found themselves over the past years: Social media is no replacement for actually doing stuff with your life.
Some years back, when I went through and did a “Facebook Friends Cut” (not terribly long before just disabling my account… probably a waste of time) to reduce it to people I interacted with outside Facebook, I was shocked to find out just how many people I’d been linked with on Facebook had removed their accounts. It doesn’t stand out until you see how many dead links there are. I’ve not gone back, I certainly don’t miss the place.
More and more people I know, at least, are taking more and more regular “connectivity breaks” where they’re just… not connected, no phone, partying like it’s 1999 and your carphone’s battery is dead.
Throw in a lot of writers and commentary “going dark” (see Substack and various other membership/subscription/email services), and I honestly think we’re seeing some of the death rattles of the centralized internet.