r/TooAfraidToAsk May 26 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 1

Why do people write "I'm not on social media" in Reddit? WTF is Reddit? Reddit-related

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u/milton_radley May 26 '22 Silver

im old, this is the closest thing to the old message boards.

anonymous, no judging aunts, no mom to harass my friends, no photos of me, no keeping up with the jonses

it's just chit chat and knowledge sharing

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u/momo88852 May 26 '22

Same here, back in the days when each forum was based on a single subject.

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u/ITeachAndIWoodwork May 26 '22

Yes. Reddit is what you make it. I'm on the woodworking sub and my favorite soccer teams, and that's pretty much it

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u/JayedSkier May 27 '22

How is reddit more or less anonymous than other websites? twitter and YouTube and Tumblr don't hold you at gunpoint for your real information and display your real name, I don't use my real identity on any website.

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u/milton_radley May 27 '22

facebook is all oversharing and people posting everything they do. photos, locations, everything

Instagram is all photos, some people show themselves some don't. the ones that do show a lot.

same with any of these platforms i guess, but i find this one allows me personally, the most engagement with the least sharing of my personal life, usually through shared interest and text.

you're right, it's how you use it, but this just works best for me

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u/Pretty-Balance-Sheet May 27 '22

Sometimes you just want to talk about things without making your views public with friends and family.

If social media were a personal disclosure scale, reddit would be a 1 Facebook a 10. I'll never have two conversations with the same person on reddit. On Facebook that's all it is.

Plus, Facebook and other share-based platforms tend to be dominated by the people whose opinion and experiences I care the least about.

Is reddit social media? Only in the strictest of definitions. Most of us are here for the videos of cats and police brutality.

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u/Obi_Wan_Shinobi_ May 26 '22 Silver

This is why I don't use reddit.

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u/Express-Wolf-89 May 26 '22

Same! I have never used reddit.

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u/CT1914Clutch May 26 '22

The fuck is Reddit?

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u/Jay_Boi12 May 26 '22

it’s like past tense of read i think idk sounds stupid imo

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u/_Bumble_Bee_Tuna_ May 26 '22

This has nothing to do with colors.

Idk what the past tense of red would even be. Pinkish?

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u/SnooDoggos5163 May 26 '22

Past tense of red should be whatever the fuck the colour of the surface was before you painted it.

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u/The_Queef_of_England May 26 '22

No, the past tense of red is redwas.

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u/catsarebitches May 26 '22

no, its redded

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u/CalistDude5 May 26 '22

Reddit in a nutshell

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u/RedditRalf May 27 '22

Sounds like a hard nut to crack.

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u/mr_cool098 May 26 '22

Cannot relate to using reddit, twitter is better

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u/Express-Wolf-89 May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

Same, Twitter is much better. It's the most positive platform I have ever seen. Unlike reddit, there's no toxicity on Twitter :)

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u/Koboldsftw May 26 '22

At least on Twitter people don’t jerk each other off because their social media of choice is so superior

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u/Justhereforstories01 May 26 '22

Pornhub is the best social media then. They're too busy jerking off themselves.

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u/SterlingVapor May 26 '22

Pornhub is indeed the most wholesome

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u/Veselker May 26 '22

Very family oriented

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u/styllAx May 26 '22

Provided you have stepsisters or stepmothers.

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u/The_Queef_of_England May 26 '22

They don't even get jerked off? How lame.

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u/My1stTW May 26 '22

What is Reddit?

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u/Gin_Remy May 26 '22

I'll do you one better, why is Reddit?

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u/PriManFtw May 27 '22

Everybody asks what is reddit but no one asks how is reddit?

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u/DaddyFigured May 26 '22

I dont even have a phone.

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u/arealslickcamelstoe May 26 '22

I browse but won’t make a profile

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u/VeryOriginalName98 May 26 '22

Same. I have no reason to comment on anything, so why have an account?

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u/darklight2K7 May 26 '22

And why have an original name at that?

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u/1jl May 26 '22

It uses me...

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u/Sufficient-Comment May 26 '22

Ugh I know right. Reddit is such a toxic social media. Never used it myself. Here have an upvote.

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u/PianoOk6786 May 26 '22

I don't use Reddit. It uses me.

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u/whitewolf048 May 26 '22 Silver Bravo!

I think when people say social media in that context, theyre referring to social media with a focus on interaction with public individuals. Reddit is primarily anonymous, meaning that interaction has different customs.

While you have an identity on any media site you use, on reddit its kind of default to have minimal to no identity. Its not default to recognise accounts, or to seek content from specific accounts, and account info is more of an activity log that people sometimes go through. Think of how noone shares a reddit post and says "look what so and so posted", they say "look what was posted in this subreddit".

While mechanically, theres no reason why we couldnt primarily connect through accounts and follows rather than subscribing to subreddits, we just dont. Partially because Reddit was designed with communities and anonimity in mind, so the features and and the mindset people have developed have stuck to that way of thinking.

The community based communication isnt the only option, nor is it necessary, but thats the paradigm that has developed here, and because its so different from the standard individual based communication on other platforms, people see it as more of an edge case.

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u/MarthLikinte1 May 26 '22

Also why you don’t tend to get followers of Reddit even though the mechanic exists. You don’t know anyone so there’s no one to follow. I have like 12 followers and I haven’t got a clue what their usernames are let alone who they are.

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u/WarsledSonarman May 27 '22

My followers are just sexy nude Russian girls who want me to purchase their OF, which I will never do.

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u/IAMSNORTFACED May 27 '22

Ay leave some for the rest of us

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u/DeylanQuel May 27 '22

What, you don't want to check out their OnlyFans?

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u/BBDAngelo May 26 '22 edited May 27 '22

Yeah, if you consider Reddit social media then you have to consider every forum and any place where you discuss anything on the internet as social media

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u/el_mapache_negro May 26 '22

Exactly. Are internet forums no longer things anymore? According to zoomers, no

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u/Pseudonymico May 27 '22

Reddit is even less a form of social media than most old-style internet forums I remember using.

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u/el_mapache_negro May 27 '22

Right? We're probably never going to be commenting on the same posting chain every again. At least on old school forums, when there were like 100 people you knew some of their first names and shit.

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u/MiketheImpuner May 26 '22

When I think Social Media I think about services that allow users to curate their digital persona or focus on how others curate theirs. I don't think Reddit.

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u/ShaRo_ May 26 '22

I explain reddit like a forum with thousands of subforums about any topic you can imagine, each with its own community.

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u/rachelraven7890 May 26 '22

yes, it’s organized and managed differently than other social medias.

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u/Merkin-Cave May 26 '22

"Reddit is considered social media, but it has something no other social media channels have. It is based around communities (i.e. subreddits) rather than people. Due to its anonymous members, it is a forum with social media aspects, which makes it more friendly and easy to use"

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u/otacon7000 May 26 '22

"Forum with social media aspects" seems the perfect summary to me, yep.

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u/galacticviolet May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

Another possible element to the confusion is that a lot of elder Millennial and older “netizens” (of which I am one) consider BBS to be the ancestor/precursor to current social media. Reddit reminds me more of a BBS than social media, it’s sort of a “common ancestor” type of vibe.

edit: BBS - bulletin board system

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u/Zaph0d_B33bl3br0x May 26 '22

This is a good point. I started out talking with people on old school BBS's, eventually running our own with a friend of mine, then transitioning to IRC and Usenet groups, and then to traditional forums.

I don't really classify Reddit as social media at all, because everyone is basically anonymous unless they choose otherwise. For me, the "social" part of social media is the interaction with people you know, and who know you, in real life. Usually directly linked to some sort of personally identifiable information, like your name or phone number.

Reddit is more of a hybrid forum, imo.

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u/quantum-mechanic May 26 '22

Geez you could have just left an empty post and from your username I would have guessed your history

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u/Lexx4 May 26 '22

BBS

Bulletin board system?

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u/galacticviolet May 26 '22

Yes, I’ll add that to my comment. Thank you!

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u/elwebst May 26 '22

Found the Compuserve guy

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u/galacticviolet May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

Girl

edit: raised by a Compuserve guy lol

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u/Electronic-Country63 May 26 '22

I’ve always thought of it as a modern Usenet!

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u/Paxton-176 May 27 '22

Reddit basic combined a lot BBS forums I used to frequent after they went down. If anything it improved upon it as a single thread could have several conversations, but it wasn't organized in an easy way. Reddit let's you see a single conversation thread way better.

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u/dondeestasbueno May 26 '22

The good old days of BBSing: 300 baud dial up on a cp/m machine

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u/m0rbidowl May 26 '22

The anonymity factor is why I don’t consider Reddit a true social media platform. That contradicts itself.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

Im anonymous on twitter though

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u/havok0159 May 26 '22

Except at at it's core, Twitter is about individual user popularity. Posts are centered around the poster, as opposed to the community. Reddit may have been tacking on functionality meant to have a similar effect but Twitter requires it to function. This doesn't make it not be social media btw, just a different kind.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

ok, that is a good break down of it

thanks!

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u/Morangatang May 26 '22

Yeah but the difference is Twitter has things like profile pictures, and separate profile names vs usernames.

Reddit encourages you to use an anonymous avatar builder, and only allows one username.

Obviously you could be identifiable or anonymous on either platform, but Reddit still has a culture of identity obscurity.

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u/m2f2mterf May 26 '22

No, Daniel, you're not.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

bruh how freaked would I be if that were my name

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u/m2f2mterf May 26 '22

Whatever, Michael.

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u/CrossP May 26 '22

Yeah. My aunt will never find me here. There's no pressure to "add" coworkers on Reddit.

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u/AhWhateverYo May 26 '22

Thank you.

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u/Jawkurt May 26 '22

The option for anonymity i think is why most people say that. It is social media but your identity is attached as much and you may only interact with people who’s identity you don’t know either. It’s basically a message board.

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u/pounds_not_dollars May 26 '22

My boss can't search my real name and find me here. It's not social media to me

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u/omgudontunderstand May 26 '22

my boss couldnt search my real name on twitter either lmao thats not what makes the difference

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u/silentraven127 May 26 '22

Also, and this is obvious given the anonymity, it doesn't revolve solely around pictures/videos. As soon as social media went that route, I was out. I don't take pictures, especially not of myself.

How else would I maintain a modicum of self esteem?

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u/MnkySpnk May 26 '22

Reddit? Friendly?

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u/ophaus May 26 '22

Screw you, I'm friendly AF.

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u/FuckThisPostTruthEra May 26 '22

Hey! Eff you, buddy! Let’s get a coffee!

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u/sjphi26 May 26 '22

Go fuck yourself. Every opinion you have is wrong, and I'm smarter than you.

But you're a unique and special person and you deserve the best in life, and I'm proud of you.

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u/FuckThisPostTruthEra May 26 '22

Yeah! Same to you, pal! 🤬

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u/DocWatson42 May 26 '22

In the "help me find"/"recommend to me"/cute stuff subs I frequent, yes.

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u/tomorrowschild May 26 '22

Me too. I think I've dealt with trolls or rude people about 10% of the time. About the same for in-person encounters. Most people here have been friendly and helpful.

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u/Forge__Thought May 26 '22

It 1000% depends on where you are posting and what you say.

The advantage of Reddit's communities is like minded individuals can enjoy the same things. The downside is aggressive groupthink that allows for (in some places) harassing behavior and abusive mods.

Say the wrong thing in the wrong sub and it can get hostile fast. But that's not terribly different from walking around a city, I suppose.

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u/ThatDudeBesideYou May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

People that say "Reddit is so unhelpful, it's complete garbage half the time, just dumb memes and nothing else!" usually have never left r/all

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u/Stephenrudolf May 26 '22

On days I'm not feeling the best mwntlaly, I just avoid r/all and the really popular subs. I stay in my little niche communities.

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u/CrystalAsuna May 26 '22

by niche you better mean the small game communities and then the 40000 cat subs that flood the home page when you need calm

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u/establismentsad7661 May 26 '22

Before I was on Reddit I heard about all the gross pervert shit on it.

I’ve been here for years and and have seen nothing more perverted than any normal porn.

I’m sure it’s here but you don’t need to seek it out and then complain when you find it. Why do that to yourself?

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u/rockshow4070 May 26 '22

Heavily filtering and then exclusively using r/all is what keeps me on this site

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u/colonelcadaver May 26 '22

It is a goldmine for assistance with niche technical stuff. Saved my ass many times.

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u/Ande64 May 26 '22

Hell I've learned more interesting things and educated myself on so many important things from Reddit that I can't even count them!

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u/Sweetbeans2001 May 26 '22

Friendly is relative. Let me introduce you to Twitter.

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u/Actual_Primary_7616 May 26 '22

Honestly some parts of reddit are basically like twitter

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u/CrazyFaithlessness63 May 26 '22

It's a lot easier to block or ignore stuff I don't want to see - so even if it's not friendly overall I can at least make my home feed less toxic than other sites.

Don't engage, block and filter.

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u/CrazyFaithlessness63 May 26 '22

Caveat - let different views come through as well (different but not abusive) - block bad actors, not different opinions.

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u/CombinationCool8772 May 26 '22

It's most friendly place to be toxic.

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u/establismentsad7661 May 26 '22

FUCK YOU

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u/MnkySpnk May 26 '22

YEAH FUCK YOU TOO!

Hey....those are nice shoes.

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u/Astro51450 May 26 '22

I like that when I write or post something on reddit, not my entire familly, friends, colleagues and acquaintances get to see it.

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u/chshcat May 26 '22

From my experience that is basically what Facebook is today, but without the anonymity.

Early Facebook was mostly centered around sharing what happened in your life, but people hardly do that anymore. The ones who want to post photos have moved to Instagram and the ones sharing stories and opinions are on Twitter.

Most of the current Facebook activity is in groups or pages, which are communities entirely focused around a subject or interest, not people.

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u/Invalidcunt60 May 26 '22

User friendly the Reddit!

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u/Mnemnosyne May 26 '22

Reddit is basically a standard internet forum, with the small twist of having responses upvoted and downvoted instead of being arranged in pure chronological order.

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u/DarkMission7627 May 26 '22

A forum is usually what i call it.

Social media for me usually refers to one where you interact with real people not internet profiles.

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u/Alfphe99 May 26 '22

Same. I see it the way I used BBS boards in the early 90's or forums in the 00's. I see social media as something more attached to your real name/life.

That might not be the current proper definition, but coming up from the earlier days of internet that's how I see it.

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u/jayhat May 26 '22

I remember making the switch from OffTopic (older forum/message board) to Reddit. Both are a forum but reddit was a new twist on the message board.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

Yes that's how I see it too. Social Media = real names and faces (something in the 90s we were warned off revealing).

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u/falingsumo May 26 '22

I don't think 'interact with real people' is the right way to say this.

A social media is a platform focus primarily on making connections between users wether or not they are real or not or wether they are business or individuals doesn't matter. Primarily by interacting with content such as images, videos, music, written content, etc.

So for example, forming groups, having friends, organising events, interacting with a society or a community through images, song, videos, news articles, etc.

Reddit fits all that. Now is Reddit primary focus on those elements? I believe that is up for debate.

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u/BrickFlock May 26 '22

In the most technical sense of the word "media" and the word "social", reddit fits the criteria. It's a media where social activity happens. However, that would also fit for things completely unrelated to the Internet.

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u/pounds_not_dollars May 26 '22

It's closer to Wikipedia than Facebook. some people using ig/FB/Twitter are aware some Redditors solely use only Reddit and don't consider it social media which is upsetting for them for reasons I don't understand

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u/Devreckas May 26 '22

How is Reddit anything like Wikipedia?

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u/Tashus May 26 '22

It's a giant hub of information that users collaborate on, but for the most part it lacks any type of networking between users. Yes, you can connect with other users, but it isn't central to the process. It's just a bunch of anonymous people who likely never interact with each other more than once.

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u/Devreckas May 26 '22

I guess. I would say the discussion around the content posted on Reddit is at least as important as the content itself. Meanwhile, 99% of Wikipedia user never look at or contribute to the backend page discussions.

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u/Tashus May 26 '22

I don't have any stats myself, but I would be very curious to know the number of daily visitors to Reddit who never log in, vote, or comment. I'm sure there are plenty.

I used to be a regular Wikipedia editor. I don't do that much anymore, but I still do check the Talk page for articles to see if there is any contention around the content, etc. although I'm sure I'm not in the majority in that respect.

I think it's a difference of degree rather than of kind, whereas most "typical" social media platforms tend to throw up a lot of login walls and encourage explicit networking between users as a primary means of using the platform.

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u/Hobbit_Feet45 May 26 '22

Its more like an anonymous forum of ideas. I always thought of social media as a place where you share your social life, pictures, videos, inane thoughts ect.

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u/jayhat May 26 '22

Yes that is what 99% of people think.

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u/Sumthing_aussie_cunt May 26 '22

Ideas AND opinions ✊

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u/leilavanora May 26 '22

Yeah when people aren’t familiar with Reddit I typically call it a board

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u/Dagusiu May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/theRealNilz02 May 26 '22

Reddit is what I would call antisocial media

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u/jimmmydickgun May 26 '22

Right? An anonymous platform that revolves around specific communities. The claim could also be made that there are those that would want their instas and facebooks found by people they know but not their Reddit profile.

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u/ForeignApartment746 May 26 '22

A social media for antisocial people.

I think reddit is not considered social media for most because it's not the typical 'look at me feed my ego' type of website.

Of course some can crave the karma and what not but compared to other platforms, reddit is less about oneself and more about others.

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u/PermissionUpstairs12 May 26 '22

That might change fast bc of the shit storm at Twitter and the rest of the garbage SM - IG, Telegram, Gab, Parler, "Truth", etc...

I just hope Facebook doesn't make it's way here. We have to draw the line somewhere.

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u/ForeignApartment746 May 26 '22

I mean at the end of the day almost every platform is an imitation of the other. I prefer reddit for my personal interests and IG for connecting with a couple of friends.

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u/ropike May 26 '22

A forum

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u/Quanyion May 26 '22

Isn't a forum a social medium?

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u/Diablo516- May 26 '22

I don't have to see family drama, so it's social media for people who don't like social media.

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u/Empathetic_Orch May 26 '22

Reddit's mostly anonymous is the only distinction I can make

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u/Devreckas May 26 '22

And posts are organized by the topic rather than the user that submitted it.

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u/SvenyBoy_YT May 26 '22

You don't follow people, you become a member of a community. It's not about the person, it's about the content. Someone else called it an anonymous forum with social media aspects.

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u/FuckThisPostTruthEra May 26 '22

Well that and none of us ever REALLY look at peoples profiles, follow people, or anything.

It’s literally a forum. Are forums social media? Anonymized ones at that? Seems an odd grouping to me.

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u/JohnMayerismydad May 26 '22

Yeah I can’t come up with a definition for social media that includes Reddit but doesn’t include every website that allows comments.

Is my local news station website ‘social media’? It has articles posted with comments from anonymous user accounts after all

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u/FuckThisPostTruthEra May 26 '22

Exactly my thoughts hahaha

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u/MissionCreep May 26 '22

I would think social media would be a site that facilitates socializing, such as Facebook. I don't see much socializing going on with Reddit.

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u/livingfortheliquid May 26 '22

I don't consider reddit social media because I have absolutely no intention of being social (IRL) with any of you assholes.

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u/AhWhateverYo May 26 '22

I laughed at this.

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u/Pristine-Ad-469 May 26 '22

Technically, it is social media. It is very different than other traditional social medias tho. And it’s pretty valid to separate them

Reddit isn’t focused on the person. It is much more focused on the content and the community. I almost never care who is posting what, mainly what is being posted.

Reddit is generally anonymous. People take that to different degrees. There are famous people that make it clear it’s them, there are people that have their names and pictures on their profile, and there are people that have little to no personal information. Most other social medias are easy to find if you know a persons name. On Reddit you often can if you look hard enough, but just googling them generally won’t come up with anything

It is the only major social media when the primary method of sorting is based on the groups you’re a part of and not the users you’re following. Especially groups of people you don’t know

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u/LunaRealityArtificer May 26 '22

So is xbox/playstation/steam social media as well?

What about myanimelist?

Where do you guys draw the line, or is any website that you can create a profile social media

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u/snooggums May 26 '22

My personal line is whether the baseline expectation for accounts is to be anonymous or personally identifiable.

Facebook and twitter are social because the baseline expectation is that people identify themselves and share a lot of personal information. There is a lot of non-personal stuff too, but the main idea is to connect people and to know who the content is coming from which is why both have had identification requirements for some or all users.

Reddit's baseline is anonymous sharing of information with no expectation of identification (outside of a few subreddits like AMA). While people can choose to identify themselves, that isn't the baseline, and more commenting into the void.

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u/SXOSXO May 26 '22

A giant forum as far as I'm concerned, and nothing more.

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u/Eisernteufel May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/omgudontunderstand May 26 '22

this thread is making me laugh. redditors will do anything to distance themselves from the stinky dumpster of social media

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u/holdenliwanag May 26 '22

It's a bulletin board or logbook. Hehe.

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u/Draxacoffilus May 26 '22

I wouldn’t know; I’m not on Reddit.

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u/WhoRoger May 26 '22

Reddit is certainly social media but I think it's not a social network in the same way as Facebook is. I think that's what people refer to.

As you say, social media is any media where content is created by the users. As opposited to traditional media, where you have a central authority that creates the content.

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u/Seaside_Holly May 27 '22

What I like about Reddit is that you can be yourself and find content that suits you, and comment without your mom or cousin or high school friends judging what your views are, or rather, trying to change them.

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u/Witty_Distribution May 27 '22

This is antisocial media

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u/not_sure_1337 May 26 '22

“I” am not on social media, my “anonymous persona” is on social media.

The difference is that I can’t be cancelled by my friends for owning guns or disowned by my family for despising everything about the GOP.

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u/Lethalpizza422 May 26 '22

It's a social media app and sadly I learn too many disturbing things on here.

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u/UserOrWhateverFuck_U May 26 '22

Its anonymous, do you consider 4chan or other forums (like tech support) social media?

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u/Botanicult May 26 '22

When they say that, they mean they dont use social platforms linking to their real lives or identities (facebook, instagram, snapchat, non-burner twitter profiles, etc). I dont think its a very wild or often misunderstood concept.

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u/Ok-Lengthiness4557 May 26 '22

Antisocial social media

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u/BrownBaySailor May 26 '22

Reddit is absolutely social media. It's an app that allows you to socialize with other people. I don't think it matters that it's anonymous. A lot of people seem to think they're better than other people since they only use reddit and don't use other social media apps, but the reality is that plenty of us on this app are still just as addicted to social media (reddit) as people who use other apps.

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u/DaniB3 May 26 '22

For one I would never let any family follow me. You can be social on here but most don't. I like to keep Reddit family separate from irl family

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u/Historical-Ad6120 May 26 '22

A place you hope to never be recognized

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u/malcolmrey May 26 '22

antisocial media

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u/OldeTimeyShit May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/Select-Lemon1728 May 26 '22

I don’t consider Reddit a social media because nobody knows who I am. In my mind social media are the likes of Facebook, instagram, twitter and so on, where everybody has a profile picture and their name.

Reddit is like a huge forum where everybody is anonymous (well at least 99% of the users) and talks about various stuff.

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u/yed-ze-ded May 26 '22

Wall of memes and porn.

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u/TheComplayner May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/millenniumxl-200 May 26 '22

So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right?

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u/AnthonioStark May 26 '22

Social?? Social!!?? I hate every single cunt here you specially OP… we don’t socialise here… you don’t stare at a window yelling shit to randoms and call that a party right? That’s what this is… a bloody window from where I yell to wankers…

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u/Slammed_z31 May 26 '22

I’m a long time Reddit user and I always just tell people I don’t use social media (because I don’t) but here’s how I look at it.

I can talk to hundreds of people a day on Reddit, I can learn about their beliefs and their ideas and if I agree or not etc. and there’s enough of a buffer for it to not effect my life.

Most other forms of social media are set up to inform you if the neighbor down the street has belief a or belief b. If your uncle feels x about y. The parents of the kid that YOUR kid is friends with has a different belief system. That friend you had since 3rd grade is starting to believe this over that.

I honestly don’t wanna know those things. It’s not going to help. It’s not gonna resolve. We just look at each other different.

On Reddit that fine, I can disagree with people on Reddit and then go learn more about my hobbies and watch some funny videos and still wave at my neighbors when I leave my driveway for work. Blissfully unaware of their political preference unless they make it part of their identity (a different issue).

I guess my point is that it’s less immediate. It’s not the people at thanksgiving or the people close by it’s just people.

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u/sircrabblerlapinch May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/toolsoftheincomptnt May 26 '22

I usually distinguish it this way:

I am not on platforms that rely on “look at me” content or gaining followers.

I use Reddit to converse about things that aren’t me or my friends: not pictures of my lattes, my ex-bff from 3rd and a half grade’s bday, my niece’s first finger splinter…

My Reddit usage is about externally-focused interests.

And I don’t care about points or likes on Reddit. They exist but they aren’t the purpose of the platform.

So I acknowledge that Reddit is social media, but it warrants an explanation in certain contexts.

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u/cary_queen May 26 '22

This place started as an aggregate for informative papers, articles and answers to serious questions. The upvote mechanism was meant to push relevant information to the top of the thread. Downvote was meant to push less informative comments to the bottom. This was left up to the community.

As Facebook and other platforms gained more popularity with people of all types, with or without qualified expertise on any subject, the voting turned into a like/dislike mechanism and that’s what happened to reddit that made it just like any other social media platform; the assimilation.

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u/DaMoonhorse96 May 26 '22

I don't consider it social media, just a forum.

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u/Happy_fairy89 May 26 '22

It’s the closest I’m ever gonna get to a 90’s chat room. There’s something about the mystery, and general intellect of the people on here that keeps me hooked; I don’t have to see multiple fake images of people “living their best lives” people literally get by on their wit charm and intellect.

going to slink back into the shadows now…

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u/Outcasted_introvert May 26 '22

Reddit is special, super-edgy, anti-social media.

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u/Amehvafan May 26 '22

It's like when people say they're "vegetarian" but they eat chicken and fish, or say they are against drugs but they drink a lot of alcohol and smoke cigarettes.

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u/Dull_Ad_4750 May 26 '22

Who are you hanging around with?

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u/Dramatic_Score_8466 May 26 '22

I don’t use Facebook,twitter, WhatsApp, tik tok or whatever else there is and I say I don’t use social media because I don’t view reddit as such. It’s not about posting photos of picture perfect fake lives or just getting likes or views.

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u/Otherwise-Fly-331 May 26 '22

Just using Reddit is the “I don’t smoke but drunk cigs are cool” of social media

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u/Vivid-Energy9453 May 26 '22

To be fair social media would be Facebook, Insta etc. I wouldn't call Reddit social media - spoken as somebody who is not on social media!

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u/Ok-Sentence-5307 May 26 '22

I love hearing people’s ideas but I don’t want to post pictures for attention or see other people’s photos (that they’re probably posting for attention). I love Reddit’s anonymity so I find it to be just mildly social.

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u/DS_1900 May 26 '22

I'm not sure, I'm not on social media...

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u/kriza69-LOL May 26 '22

Reddit is anonymous.

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u/ConclusionFirst272 May 26 '22

It's an experience

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u/Thraxzan May 26 '22

Who knows, I’m still trying to figure out the frequency
Henry.

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u/realHueyLong May 26 '22

Anti-Social Media

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u/DeadRed402 May 26 '22

Facebook is personal . I actually know most of my fb friends in real life, and share things with them . Reddit is mostly anonymous, I don’t actually know anyone here . Anonymity is nice because you can speak more freely without repercussions, but it also gives trolls , stupid people , extremists , and all manner of unsavory characters a platform to spew their garbage without repercussions too .

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/DistinctEngineering2 May 26 '22

Anti social media

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u/Independent-Sun2112 May 26 '22

"You are on this council but we do not grant you the rank of social media."

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u/funatical May 26 '22

I say "real name social".

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u/BeIIic May 26 '22

I have Facebook and Instagram but haven’t open either app in over a year. Not missed anything I don’t think

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u/Seneca_B May 26 '22

I use Reddit for news, information, and inspiration for my hobbies which is different from how I use other platforms.

I use Facebook to keep people I know up to date on what I'm doing (always OC, never repost). I use Instagram as a photo journal as I take a lot of photos. I use Pinterest for saving recipes, tattoo ideas, interior design ideas, etc.

On all of them I'm unsubscribed from any meme pages or mindless funny haha content. They can all be useful tools if you don't abuse them. Then again I also don't care whether someone's on Facebook or not. If we're friends just make sure to answer my texts/calls and we're gucci gravy.

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u/Boolzay May 26 '22

The only use I have for Instagram is memes and funny reels, I don't care what the people I know are doing.

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u/Topazz410 May 26 '22

Reddit is more of a forum board than strictly social media. You can easily make a reddit account and keep it isolated away from your personal digital footprint in real life. The anonymity provided by spaces like Reddit make it not as social-media-ish as platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Tiktok.

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u/SprinklesMore8471 May 26 '22

Reddit is social media, but it's not centered around you, it's centered around small communities.

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u/Pantsman1084 May 26 '22

I once saw someone say Reddit is the social media platform for people who are too good for social media.

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u/FavelTramous May 26 '22

Reddit is Anti-Social media. Whoever doesn’t like any of the other groups end up here.

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u/theopacus May 26 '22

Antisocial media

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u/Chemical-Divide-936 May 26 '22

I don't do Twitter, Tik Tok, FB, or Snap but I do love Reddit. So I do tell people that I don't use social media which is mostly true as I really don't consider Reddit a true social media.

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u/Demagorgon81 May 26 '22

I don’t consider this social media. It’s anonymous.

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u/Looking4Maria May 26 '22

Academically reddit is referred to as a social media site yes