as stated on my profile i am forever entertained and intrigued by the way people behave online so in this blog post i will ramble about some Thoughts i've had about Spacehey!
There are so many kids here. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just interesting, and as a 17 year old i include myself in this! I think the way the world is right now and the way the mainstream internet is falling apart at the seams is often what drives people to Spacehey. It's why I'm here for instance, because I just quit instagram, i'm scared of tiktok, and twitter is The Hellhole. I use Discord, Tumblr, Deviantart, Toyhouse and Spacehey and I have my own neocities site and that's it.
The internet has always been awful in various ways, but for millennials on the OG Myspace, it wasn't the Horror that it is today. Enshittification of the internet (corporations turning their backs on both advertisers and consumers out of sheer greed) has eroded every major platform and there Is No escape from ads anymore. I have like 3 separate adblockers and I still see them. Gen Z was the second generation growing up online and I can still remember the internet being Good and Useful. Google produced helpful search results and AI hadn't flooded everything. Everything is bland and cookie-cutter and copy-paste. I'm sick and tired of it and that's why I'm on Spacehey and the other sites I mentioned. The freedom of my neocities site, however bad I am at coding, is liberating, Tumblr is Tumblr and i love it, Toyhouse and Deviantart i just use as portfolio spaces and Spacehey is an anthropological site. I assume lots of other younger people have come to Spacehey to escape the mainstream internet and to experience fun customizeable stuff with layouts. perhaps i will conduct a survey.
Spacehey is super interesting because it's a total mixing pot. A lot of the ingredients are kids (weird metaphor whatever) but a lot of them are not. Differnet ages, different cultures, different fandoms, people, subcultures, everything you could imagine. I know every social media platform also has all these different people but you will never get to meet them because of the algorithm. After experiencing Spacehey's lack of one and Tumblr's tagging system as an alternitive to an algorithm, I really wish other platforms would just get rid of it. I've heard that social media is becoming stale and I think chaos is perhaps a solution.
I met a guy who really needs mental help but he thinks the world is a simulation and it was super interesting (and kinda sad. i feel bad for him) to talk to him. Then I can go to the top blogs and find a cutesy callout post with 70 comments arguing about what's going on. Then i can go to recent blogs and find a gay guy struggling with being secretly in love with his roommate. I like seeing these little glimpses into people's lives through what they choose to write about. Everyone is caught up in their own little story and their story means the world to them but most people will never even know they existed. It's why I can't understand why some people think other people are NPCs. No one in the world has absolutely nothing going on. Somehow, it feels more authentic than Instagram or Twitter.
I want to play minecraft now so I will add more if I feel like it later. Thanks for reading, i would love to hear everyone else's thoughts on this stuff!! i'm super interested in digital anthropology and meeting random people on spacehey has recently become a hobby in expressing that