Pub calls time on social media
For years licensed hostelries have been at the heart of serious socialising, so it has taken many by surprise that one of the biggest players in the industry – the J D Wetherspoon group – is deleting its social media platforms.
General misuse of social media for bullying and trolling, and their potentially damaging addictive nature were among the reasons given for the move.
On the other hand, some see social media as a threat to traditional socialising down the pub, and speculate as to whether or not this is another reason social media links have been axed in hundreds of group bars and restaurants.
Facebook, in particular, has been having a tough time recently. When trust and credibility start being eroded and a negative downward spiral begins, it is hard to claw them back.
Many cannot drag themselves away from social media once they are hooked in with their social group and this is where concerns about the addiction threat surface regularly. Like many addictions, being dependent does not mean they enjoy it.