Is social media good or bad for the hobby?

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I think social media is great for the hobby. Different people prefer different platforms and no matter what platform(s) you use, you can find others with similar interests and share information and ideas. Before social media, we were limited to a few books and a handful of local reefers the help us learn and make decisions for our tanks whereas now, we can share information and experience with an exponential number of people across the world. Just like anything, the user has to look at the source of information and decide if it’s credible info or not and that can be based on looking at their tank, years in the hobby, if they perhaps work at an LFS, etc... I also think a lot of people lose track of how much time they spend on social media and can end up spending more time than intended on it. For me, shutting off notifications is helpful. I only go onto social media when I am looking to kill time or if I’m searching for information.
 
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I personally would delineate R2R from something like the AskBRS FB group, for example. I actually just left that group a day or two ago for the very reason that every single post or question has tons of people who comment, many of whom don't seem particularly experienced or knowledgeable, after which it invariably devolves into a bunch of crap talking and name calling.

In my estimation, there just seems to be something different about a discussion forum like this, compared to an app like FB, that promotes only serious, thoughtful responses from particular users, rather than everyone saying the first thoughtless, potentially rude thing that comes to mind. (I say this as a longtime lurker of this site who has only recently joined and begun posting.)

This site is legitimately in a class of its own. Happy reefing! :)
 

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I love seeing the amazing tanks on Instagram with huge colonies, hard to keep fish, amazing colors, super pricey corals. It makes all other normal people tanks look like crap. Those Instagram influencers are true heroes and what us peasants need to strive to be. I love when they do product reviews so I know what to buy with my hard earn money to get my tank to look like theirs. I come to Reef2Reef to look and laugh at the ugly tanks that look nothing like the insta tanks.

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So I took a little break from forums and reefing social media for a few weeks and it got me thinking. Is social media good for the hobby? Is seeing reefing 24/7 good for your mental well being or is it good for your reefing skills. What I mean by this is being in social media I burnt myself out a bit and wasn’t finding the hobby fun anymore but was searching for that fix on social media. That became a bit like a full time job and was paying less attention to the reef. Taking time away from my reef to answer questions in my DM. Also putting a issue on social media and getting 1000 responses can confuse and even hurt your reef listening to random reefers. I believe a this forum is the way to go from now on with questions because I can just look at their profile to see who is a long time reefer and has more knowledge of certain situations. Let me know what you reefers think
You could have instant messaged me and I could have given you the correct answers without all the confusion.

The world is changing because of the technology of phones and internets. It's all clouds; "Bad weather" if you are on vacation and "Rain" if you are a farmer.

People have not changed, there are bad ones and awesome folks (like KrisReef) on here and how the conversation goes and the knowledge (or stories) is provided is unfiltered by fact checkers so I can spin a yarn and have people dosing lanthanum in the morning and Tree Stump Remover in the afternoon all in the same thread.

The internet has hidden a lot of useful information and classical reference materials behind pay walls. That is not Reef2Reef's fault, and being free they provide a place to discuss and share beliefs, some truth and others not so much. Same quality can come from the same person because no one on here knows everything completely. Users should keep this in mind to help navigate safely through advise.

If you come here for all the answers, I am obviously the best sole source of information. There are other "specialists' who also have a pretty good grasp of certain aspects of the hobby and they deserve to be listened too. I find myself laughing on here, often, as a lot of times people will engage in disagreements with those expert specialists because the answer provided by a specialist does not conform to what a person might want to read/hear.

This forum has a lot of people on it. If you believe people are fallen then a lot of what I said will make perfect sense. The rest is just your wrong opinion, imo.


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R2R is exactly social media. It's the facebook playbook in action. Look how many "likes" are from knowledgeable responses and how many are from cool, clever or funny responses and you'll see a pattern. It's a meaningless metric that does nothing more than make some people crave interaction to get more likes. In other words: addiction to social media.
 

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I don't see how R2R can possibly be considered social media. Not once have I run across a photo of someone's dinner. Unless that someone was an aquarium inhabitant.

 

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R2R is exactly social media. It's the facebook playbook in action. Look how many "likes" are from knowledgeable responses and how many are from cool, clever or funny responses and you'll see a pattern. It's a meaningless metric that does nothing more than make some people crave interaction to get more likes. In other words: addiction to social media.
That maybe one side affect of social media.

But I’ve gained extensive reefing knowledge through this site, made new friends, and do enjoy the bantering and discussions on R2R. And I think that’s the difference - common interest shared by many. Facebook is a platform to tell everyone your life story.
 

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It is like anything else in this World. Balance is the key to having a healthy life. R2R is a resource for those of us that are learning and sometimes need a little outside support. I appreciate the original post and can fully imagine the social media world becoming too much and/or a distraction. I have yet to feel this way and enjoy meandering through information and posts from my fellow hobbyists.
 
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social media is bad for society as a whole, the past two years have removed any doubt of that.

I look at pictures of Easter Island sometimes and think "at least the project that wiped out their society left some neat monuments. Ours will just leave a few Facebook posts floating around in the ether somewhere".

Forums are not social media unless you expand the definition of social media to such an extent the definition becomes meaningless.
 
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