I No Longer Use Social Networks (Except One) — I Don’t Miss Anything, And You Would Neither

Social networks are too toxic for mankind.

Hannes Grauweihler
7 min readJun 23, 2022


Effects of prolonged exposure to social media [image by author], also this is street art from Athens

Let me avoid clickbait: The one social network, but technically it is an antisocial network, which I still use is LinkedIn.

LinkedIn and how I handle it

I use it for professional reasons since this is where my clients find me. Professional reasons are the only reason I would use these toxic platforms. If you ever find me on Facebook or anything, it would be to promote my business. But in my current business, strategy consulting, thankfully, I only have to deal with LinkedIn and none of the others.

And LinkedIn is bad enough: There is a new category of content emerging on LinkedIn, which I believe is best described as selective virtue-signalling. Some people on this platform make a living teaching people how to create “content” for LinkedIn, including all-time instant classics such as:

  • Our global behemoth company supports LGBTQ — My thoughts: Well, that is great. Why don’t you virtue signal your high minimum wages? Nothing to signal there? How come?
  • Our automobile company is showing off its sustainability — Well, that is great. And to achieve that, your product line consists mostly of SUVs? Electric-powered versions do not make it any better. Manufacture smaller cars! Better yet, start lobbying for trains. Then you can claim to be sustainable.
  • I am a man and just did something that in the 1950s would not have been associated with my gender — Well, that is great. You don’t see me posting every time I use a vacuum cleaner, but I am sure grateful for you sharing that with me.
  • The list goes on

I have made a policy that I only open LinkedIn when I receive messages or other direct requests, for instance, for connections. It took a little while to set up the notifications on my app correctly, but I managed to. I very much recommend proceeding like this unless you want to be knee-deep in virtue-signalling idiocy every time you accidentally open the app.

Facebook and why I left



Hannes Grauweihler

Surfing, Finance, Career, Startups, Venture-Capital and some other things I got to experience.