The green presence dot

Nowadays, every app with a chat feature has a presence indicator. It comes with different flavors, like a green dot, an “online” mention, or a “last seen” feature. But they all serve the same purpose.

It’s a trap.

Every one of them fights for your attention, trying to spend more time with you while using your friends as a weapon.

Beware.

No one wants to let their friends down. They want you to feel bad if you are seen “online” but didn’t respond in time. Feel bad about that message you didn’t read…

Fight back.

I still fail for this sometimes. But it’s good to have some reminders. And today, I wanted to share my reminder with you.

Online indicators are a trap. Beware. Fight back.

Article image drawn by me on an iPad using Procreate

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