Why I deleted my LinkedIn account

17/02/2019

Well, as someone said, because it’s the worst of social media, combined with the worst of corporate culture and the worst of website design. Because dealing with it regularly is as interesting as cleaning out my sock draw, and because the tone, like an endless ritalin fuelled rotary meeting, is just plain unhealthy. The philosopher Kant once said that you should always treat human beings as ends in themselves, and never as just the means to an end. Well LinkedIn for crimes against the categorical imperative alone you have to go…

3 responses to Why I deleted my LinkedIn account

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    Narendra khanna 17/02/2019 at 8:44 pm

    Well, I deleted my Facebook account 10 months ago, just before the data sale issue gained public interest, based on this logic. I’ve considered deleting LinkedIn a few times already, to be honest. But isn’t that living in a shell? I’m genuinely concerned…

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      Matthew Squair 17/02/2019 at 11:03 pm

      You still know the same people, your network of friends, family and colleagues (who give a damn) is exactly the same. I think it’s all a bit of a flim flam job selling that we can substitute an online click and swipe for the hard graft of actually getting to know people. Besides, it’s a bit like living in the 70s, and that’s a very cool place to live these days! 😂

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    Speaking of the 70’s: a man with whom I served in the US Army in those days recently reached out to me via LinkedIn. Reconnecting with other elderly people seems to be my only use case for it. When I’m the last surviving member of my peer group, I’ll delete my account.

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