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Breaking up is easy to do

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OPINION: The love affair is over. It's the end of a rose-filtered era. I've decided I'm breaking up with social media. And honestly, it feels like it's been coming on a while ...

These days I use Facebook for work, the odd group and looking up the weekend opening hours of cafes. I don't remember the last time I posted a status update ... I deleted Twitter years ago so it's only really Instagram that I still use. And even then I mainly watch the stories and avoid the 99 per cent of my feed which is basically smoothie bowls or girls looking as blank as said bowls of blueberry slop.

But even this week, what with the shadow of the Christchurch massacre, the upcoming "Christchurch Call" conference and poor Mermaid Pools suffering a instafamous influx ... I've realised I've come to hate it.

Part of this is because all of the big three platforms, which I found so fun and fresh in the beginning, now seem to have slid into mulchy pits of shouting or self-interest.

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Despite starting out........

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