The algorithms have got us

If there were no

  1. watch websites
  2. youtube
  3. social media 
  4. internet

I would 

  1. be more horological ignorant
  2. have fewer watches (and more money)
  3. be happier with what I’ve got 

How about you?

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Likely the same here. 

I'd still love watches & gears & mechanical machines, but yeah, I'd probably just wear a $20 Casio or Timex & not care about Rolex flexers (yes, it still existed B.I.).

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Yes

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I admit, I'm much happier since I tuned out of most watch social media. WC is a pleasant exception where I can tell and listen to watch related yarns.

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shazerbot

Yes

Haha, love your succinct response!

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Edge168n

I admit, I'm much happier since I tuned out of most watch social media. WC is a pleasant exception where I can tell and listen to watch related yarns.

I deleted Instagram and haven’t looked back. Like a breath of fresh air. Still have a bit of a YouTube problem. I concur with you about WC

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I'm not sure if my situation would be any different.  I have friends who've asked me to help them pick out a watch.  I usually send them a few options within their price range along with links to articles and youtube reviews (if any have been made).  None of these friends have fallen down the rabbit hole...so to speak.  The thing that makes me different from them isn't access to the internet, it's interest and predisposition.  

And I've met quite a few collectors who got obsessed with watches before the internet...

One thing I'll say is that the internet makes it easier to be knowledgeable.    

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I see social media as a tool in the search for what I want in a watch. This forum is good for the watch education when you overlook all the arm hair. Youtube and Instagram is all about selling something whether it's subs, likes or watches. Now I run from chinese, walk past Japanese and gravitate to Swiss.

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Yes but those magazine subscriptions would cripple me(and for those under 30,magazines were made from dead trees, you went to special shops for them and they didn't need batteries or 5g)

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I have the Internet and use it (obviously) but I think the world was a better place without it

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Absolutely. Haven’t used FB since ‘12 and stopped following a lot of watch content over the past 2 years. Much happier with what I have and more likely to get what I want, rather that what other people THINK I should get, in the future.