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Duolingo instead of social media

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My New Year's resolution for 2019 is to open Duolingo instead of the favorite social media site/app. Who's with me? Let's see how long a streak we'll be able to manage. I will check back here in a few months to see how well (or badly) it went :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/MattBaker10

I did this a few month ago and haven't looked back. It has been extremely rewarding to say the least. In all seriousness it took me about 3 weeks to get used to it but now in any free time I have, I'm improving my German and consequently my life instead of wasting time reading other people's drama! I could't be happier and recommend this resolution 100%. If you struggle at first, just be patient and wait for the 3 week mark because I swear to you it will become such an easy and helpful habit!

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https://www.duolingo.com/mainad
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Das freut mich zu hören. Ja, Duolingo zur Gewohnheit machen ist ein sehr guter Vorsatz!

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https://www.duolingo.com/-Java2525-
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Yo veo que su nivel en español está cerca de su nivel en alemán. ¿Usted puede hablar español igual de bien?

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https://www.duolingo.com/mainad
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¡Nunca! Hablo alemán como nativo y hablo muy mal el español

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https://www.duolingo.com/SylviaElia2

Good for you; you're right on about the three-week mark. Typically the tough period for any 'addiction' or habitual behaviour. I honestly never even think about, and didn't, after 3 months. I'm 10 years TV-free and two years off social media. Life is better.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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I think Duolingo is part of the reason I never started using social media :).

Good luck everyone. It's a good feeling to know your screen time is accumulating into something useful ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Strangely, Duolingo is the reason I created a facebook page.

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrystaWetz

Duolingo is also the reason i started an instagram account

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https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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I'm genuinely curious, why would Duolingo make you want an Instagram account? (I don't use Instagram, so maybe I'm missing something obvious).

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SylviaElia2

That's funny, because I've often wondered about the Instagram ads... Duolingo promotes productive use of time via language learning. And then the ads for some of the silly games... However, something and someone has to pay for our wonderfully free language program. I take the ads in stride. I also don't have Instagram. Can't see what might be so wonderful there.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erika10915

I sadly am not able at this time to give up social media, however i very much respect your new year's resolution. I did make a resolution to stop binge watching streaming tv for hours on end. When I added up all the time I spent watching tv, i was horrified, and I'm glad my mother doesn't know. I plan on spending all the extra time studying languages.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Keikou_
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why not watch Tv in French and take notes ? :3

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Do you have any recommendations, for ones that are legal ? ( I don't go in for stuff that people steal from others ;P )
I am ok with things that are not too expensive and offer good value for money and are engaging. Especially I enjoy if they come with subtitles, and prefer if you can choose if the subtitles are in English, or if the subtitles are target language. Especially in the target language I find them extremely useful for my comprehension, and thus enjoyment.

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https://www.duolingo.com/mainad
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For worldwide radio, check out https://tunein.com/ -- very comprehensive and free.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erika10915

I've actually been hooked on the Netflix original Marseille. I watch it in French with French Subtitles. It is wondreful, but i still need to focus on direct lessons.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ErikShiken
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I've heard its possible to copy Blu Ray DVDs from different regions on to a computer and play them from there. There is some free software that handles different regions on a PC and handling it that way is legal in some places. I don't know if its possible to just play a Blu Ray from Germany and play it wherever due to region codes though. Unfortunately in the US, it might not be legal to copy BluRay DVDs on to a computer. Those laws are different depending where you are so be sure to do some research before going through with it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Good point regarding legality, Kanga! Netflix allows you to search for shows by language, so that's a good option. Many DVDs and BluRays have multiple audio tracks, and French is a popular option. So if you own any movies on disc, check them for alternate soundtracks. Not all movies have a French soundtrack, of course, but many do.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dreadlock.Dawnie

I also like to use the Netflix language options to just change the language of things I'd watch anyway to German. Germany is one of the best countries at dubbing (IMO) and it's usually really high quality. Shows I's watch anyway, in German with (or without, depending on how I feel!) English subs is one of my favourite ways to watch TV without feeling guilty about my time. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrag151

yea, thats a good one. whenever i watch tv i like to put the subtitles to the language im learning , makes me feel like i'm not wasting so much time lol

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diane846623

Duolingo has helped me decrease my social media time substantially... and I learn something as well.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew213489

Hell, I'm about 2 years ahead of you! I ditched that good stuff a long time ago. Kicked it like I kicked the my addiction to the hard stuff (That would be my addiction to gummie bears that is!)

Yet, I would say there is many more ways to be productive in learning your target language. Reading books that are at a level which is not to easy and not to hard. Listen to radio which hopefully has a neutral accent.

Good luck with your studies!

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https://www.duolingo.com/_DragonFyre_

Gummy bears are hard to resist. How did you do it? ;)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew213489

Very,very, very carefully! Sometime, I have a relapse and need to start all over again.

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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ohhhh yes radio is now sooooooo accessible these days with the internet and apps. If you have a particular connection to a region where your target language is spoken, and it is available through the internet/apps it can also help you keep connected to what is happening in that community.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew213489

Yep, and some apps are better than others. All depends on how well the signal comes across the internet.

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https://www.duolingo.com/chocostorm
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In the past, when more interaction with other users was possible, this site had much more to offer.

Besides the possibility to get quick and easy help with language questions, there was also the possibility to communicate with people. It was a kind of language learning social media network.

Unfortunately, at some point the creators decided to eliminate these possibilities (besides some other changes for the worse) and now it is more or less a kind of language course for lone fighters, at least compared to before.

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the opportunities this platform offers, but if you compare it to what it was like a few years ago, Duolingo has continuously lost rather than gained.

I think your idea is basically very good and I wish you a lot of joy and success in learning here.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JKoops
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Ive recently done this too and its been super easy and super rewarding to do! ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kangaroo_Joey

I'm on board. I just wish there was more interaction with other people here. Every day I find discussion threads from months or even years ago where very good questions are being asked with no responses. I feel like it would be a more enjoyable experience if there was more of a social exchange of our common experiences while learning. Plus it's just nice to socialize a bit in between lessons.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WeldonSchm

I'm with you on the more interaction.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kangaroo_Joey

I'm kind of new here, is there a function to message one another to interact outside of comments on discussions?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Unfortunately not :( chocostorm talked about this, so search their comment in this discussion.

There used to be, but it was removed long ago. If you have a mobile device, the mobile apps have "clubs" and while most of them die out quickly due to inactivity, I've had the great pleasure to belong to one or two that were highly interactive and supportive.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kangaroo_Joey

Great tip, much thanks :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Spyrunner
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I am subscribed to several French stations and enjoy watching them on YouTube. If I'm going to watch a lion hunt a zebra, I may as well get my ear used to another language at the same time.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Great resolution! Best of success w/ it.

To avoid the forums on Duolingo insidiously replacing social media and getting in the way of language learning, on Duolingo each day study first and only afterwards start reading the forums.

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https://www.duolingo.com/samsheehy10

nice streak!

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https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Thanks!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Elenaischia

I have been doing it since Christmas. I am not on any social media but open Duolingo in the evening when instead of reading the newspaper. Who knew looking at foreign words is much more pleasurable than reading about federal squabbles? Thanks for starting this thread mainad and making me feel better! Good luck all

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https://www.duolingo.com/_DragonFyre_

I never really understood social media, so I just stayed on Duo.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Wise thinking. Go for it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/b.nora.7
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I am making it my new years resolution as well!

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https://www.duolingo.com/lime2760

It cured me of my Twitter addiction! I feel like it’s a much more positive thing.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Davey944676

This is the best idea I've heard yet. Talking to some Facebook users, I've often had the impression that they delude themselves that they really enjoy Facebook - while in reality they are just desperately, constantly, trying not to be punished and disliked by Facebook.

It just seems like masochism to me, with people scared of "wasting" the pain they have already suffered by leaving.

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https://www.duolingo.com/andypinguwi
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I’m with you !! I’ve been off Facebook and pretty much any other social media for some months now, just focusing on Duolingo and other productive sites has been great for my mental health !

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Hi Maina,

may the www.duome.eu SHOF be your motivation factor :-)

Recently we had this thread:

"How Duolingo is helping me to get rid of social media addiction": https://www.duolingo.com/comment/29550312

Let's see how long a streak we'll be able to manage

Depends on your daily coach goal.

You can easily lose your streak on higher 30-50XP goals

(e.g mobile app sync errors, server lags, lessons suddenly stop with the audio, 10XP submitted on 00:00am (counting as new day, already too late) or 3-8 seconds afterwards (e.g when you fall sleep 22:00pm-23:50pm), Duolingo terminates the learning/reviewing session after a few minutes in the middle of your lesson and redirects to the "Home" or does not give you the XP credit,...).

If you exclusively use the web portal (=typing), you can make use of the "Basic 1XP" goal which you can combine with some rounds of "timed practice" (3-6 questions = 3-6XP, streak saved).

Good luck!

Best regards / Viele Grüße

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https://www.duolingo.com/mainad
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LOL - you're all YEARS ahead. My streak started yesterday. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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The start of every long journey starts with the first step. You can do this :D
And it is such a worthwhile one.

Though of course it is not the streak that counts, it is how much value you choose to allow into your journey.
How you choose to engage and allow yourself to also enrich existing passions and be open to new ones.
Such as the excellent suggestions many people have made here to engage in watching movies, listening to radio, books.

And with books, I highly recommend checking out grammar books that you find useful.
Often these days many languages offer you a range of styles of how these written. I have always particularly enjoyed the work by Gail Stein, who has produced resources in for both Spanish and French.

Yet different resources are more engaging for different people.

Also the work by https://www.lawlessfrench.com/ and by sites such as https://www.fluentin3months.com ; https://www.omniglot.com

Perhaps others could suggest some oher resources that they find good ?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

Excellent. I divorced Facebook several months ago. Such a time waster for me, plus I am very distrustful of how social media can be manipulated.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StaFa_San

Mdr ... @Jenny759980 Isn't it weird that we have a lot in common. We are both studying french, we both have cats as our profile pics. Your streak as of today ( 03/01/2019 ) is 64 while mine is 46.

I was just amused by this and wanted to point out.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

Ah....fun coincidence. Streak on, StaFa_San.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Davey944676

hehe.....Did you just do a Karate Kid joke?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StaFa_San

Ai ai Sensei

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https://www.duolingo.com/adancito2018
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Yep, social media is huge time suck and studies show it affects mental health negatively for the most part. Duo for the win.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SciFiSurfer

Oddly (or interestingly) enough, I walked away from Facebook nearly a year before all the Russian hacking got into full swing because I was already burned out with it. I left Twitter give or take about 6 months ago.

I wouldn't regard duoLingo.com as a social media site in any way; it's more of a message board, and I don't really understand why the duoLingo app doesn't provide direct access to the discussion forum.

On the other hand, perhaps it's a good thing because it rules out a lot of opportunities for distraction from the main point of the thing: language learning.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CatherineHawkins

Good move. I don't make New Year's resolutions. Each day when I wake up, I find opportunities to do better than the day before. However, I AM using the opportunity to move up to Duolingo PLUS while it is "on sale". I see the $60 for 12 months as a contribution - much like I've contributed to Khanacademy. I've been learning from our adorable owl friend since 2014 (streak was broken when I couldn't logon in China). The Spanish helps me communicate better with my students' parents. The German is almost natural (I was born there but moved away as an infant.) And the Italian is for a future trip...this site/app is NEVER a waste of my time.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eetu_Kupila

Well said :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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Good luck! A good resolution to have.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JackieElise

This is a great idea, and I'm trying to convince myself to join you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/alwaysfresh

now it is almost five months without facebook, thank you duolingo

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https://www.duolingo.com/KrisKok
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Im with you, i really do not like how much time it consumes without realising it. Time wasted which could be spend much better.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bob987768

good decision

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

I use social media as a tool. Facebook for selling useless stuff, and google + for communicating with people, I haven't been on facebook for several weeks. Duo is such a good option, its so helpful. I am so glad that people are forgetting social media and learning instead!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theDaye

Good idea! I actually began doing this 58 days ago and it's working!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HimbeereMaus

I don’t use social media, I have found it to be more toxic to mental health than anything else. Places like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are damaging and all have negative communities and to be honest, I was worried about becoming active on the Duolingo discussions for similar concerns but I have noticed that there is much more positivity here than on any social media.

Good luck to everyone who will be getting rid of social media from their lives or at least getting rid of the habit on spending too much time on there.

To all those who have already gotten rid, well done. Habits are tough to get rid off.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Gringoid

I am definitely with you!.

I´m kind of an old fart. Thank God, I never got involved much with social media in the first place. (Hell, I still write letters on actual paper with an actual ink pen --not a BIC ball point!-- and send them to real people through the mail system! And these people love it.)

Don´t get me wrong: I dearly love technology, and I am thrilled that Duo is right there on my cell phone anytime I care to punch it up.

It´s just that I know a lot of folks who are plainly addicted to so-called social media and end up being very pointedly anti-social in their immediate surroundings, for however cordial and communicative they may be with someone on another continent.

I go to parties these days and I wonder why folks bother attending. The great majority just sit around feverishly thumbing their cell phones, utterly in another place mentally, ignoring everybody around them. Sad and kind of scary.

Droves of users are finally waking up to the evils (yes, evils) of social media and it´s empty promise of greater cohesion and sense of belonging for us divided and lonely earthlings. I hope the awakening continues, and I see your initiative here as another step in the right direction.

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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hey .... psst ,
While this is for those who currently have maintained steaks, Duo back in May 18 tweeted this :
https://twitter.com/duolingo/status/992060552397631488

I just thought some people might like to know. And for us others - to perhaps be inspired.

I do not know how it went. I am not up on twitter, but for some reason I logged in today and tripped across this.

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https://www.duolingo.com/mainad
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I'll post my 2-day streak - maybe I win something :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Apparently it was from earlier this year.
In my first reading of this tweet I did not look at the date.
As roos sometimes slip up on important details.

I also would like to recommend that it is best to enrich the quality of our discussions here on Duolingo for the purposes of language learning.

Very much how you have done here.

This is such an excellent post you have put up here.

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https://www.duolingo.com/snak3bite
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Isn't that like ... counterproductive ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/SiavoshEmr
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I Do agree, It has been a year that I use Duolingo. I can say that it has changed many things in my life. If you really want to succeed: "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there."

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https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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Isn't Duolingo social media? (especially in the forum)

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https://www.duolingo.com/rlsalgueiro

the idea is not to open social networks and open duolingo for a new lesson, the idea is not to open the duolingo forum ...

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https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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The lessons themselves? Definitely not social media. The forums might be if you stretch the definition.

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https://www.duolingo.com/rlsalgueiro

I did this 112 days ago but i go out for vacations and lost my "streak", I'll go to start again today.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cat4343
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Duolingo is a great may to minimize social media and replace it with productive and educational (but still fun) screen time. Plus, it's a platform on which you can communicate with people without the consequences of insecurity, jealously and excluding/bullying that social media promotes. I'm not going to stop using social media completely, but I'm trying to check it less and work a little more on my Spanish. Good luck guys!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandrag151

I already do this, i have more fun here than in social apps.

Sincerely best of luck to everyone in the new year resolution

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karnika145103

This is such a fantastic resolution! I'm inspired! :) All the very best to you.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kourosh97694

Hey Mainad, this is a very good idea, I am in, lets go go go

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LizzieAlkire

So funny to find this post, as that's exactly what I did about three weeks ago when I discovered Duolingo. Right from the start, I began using this instead of Facebook and have found that I feel so much more accomplished each day and so much less stressed out. Plus, I've picked up so much Spanish and a little Norwegian so far.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eetu_Kupila

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with this idea. I deleted my social media accounts permanently almost a year ago and I don't regret one bit. I rather spend more time practicing a language than following other people's lives all the time. I still have my instagram though but that's because I don't overuse it. :) By the way, I'm new here, hello everyone! And happy new year! I wish everyone here a loooong streak. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

Welcome!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eetu_Kupila

Thank you Jenny!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Little_Tatws
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I've been doing this for a while now. It was seriously hard at first but now I default to Duolingo first thing. You can do it!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonathanD437636

I will agree. Social media is dramatizing and it doesn't help people better their lives. With Duolingo, you can help your brain capacity grow.

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I enjoy this idea as well and will implement it.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hasiczi

me too!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hasiczi

15 minutes a day on duolingo can teach you a language... what can social media teach you?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Asher-P

That is a great idea, and it works too. I have been doing it for nearly a month now and my spanish has improved.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taurendil
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Yay! I can't promise anything, but it seems that I'm back on Duolingo again. I have been studying on my own for a long time and now I can see the difference in my language skills - the lessons are so much easier. Good to see others spending their time more wisely. I will also try and do the same. ^-^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kikkomansh

same!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdct
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i join in!!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HHne
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My New Year's resolution was to quit playing Fortnite and return to Duolingo - best resolution ever! Huge progress!

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/midelingual

what a fantastic idea. People spend so much time pointlessly on social media. Why not spend the time getting an education. Best of luck :)

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EMILIASEAR

I love your resolution! I'm totally with you!

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PinKoYT

The forum is technicly social media but don't want to ruin your moment. Be proud because I know that some people struggle really hard to give up social media. Good Job!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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Really? I thought a forum is a forum. Forums predate social media by decades.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Macossay

True. But I've just finished reading Jaron Lanier's book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts, where he points out that forums that are linked to a goal are much less likely to attract trolls and haters.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cat4343
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I agree with that. Duolingo forums attract a supportive community with similar interests as opposed to the general public that makes up most social media sites.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SciFiSurfer

My primary reason for initially walking away from social media (that is, before stopping entirely and deleting my FB account) was burnout from the ignorance and repetitive stupidity of people I was connected to. Secondarily, it was burnout with the connected world at large.

The last good propose it served for me before everything went downhill and I closed the account was it helped expose some IRL friends for who and what they actually were, and I then shed those friends completely. I've felt a lot better since.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Conor461177

I agree

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Koezumi
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I don't use that much social media, maybe I go on Facebook one or two times per day but reading people's stories about the last pet they've bought or that they broke up with their gf/bf doesn't interest me. I just use social media to keep in touch with friends but really that's all. Good luck with your goal or better to say viel Glück.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SciFiSurfer

The most important people I was in contact with luckily all use other forms of communication (phone, SMS, or WhatsApp) so I didn't have to give up being in contact. Some of them are in Germany, so this is even more important.

The social and political scenes in the U.S. (especially) and in other countries have become highly toxic, so it's helped walking away because that's eliminated additional conduits through which the associated negativity could physically get through to me.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Consum3

Great idea! Good luck with your resolution! :D.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CR_Avila
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I actually started doing this like 3 years ago, I deleted all my social media accounts and started focusing on learning. Honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andii334310

So much better for your mental well-being!!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmersonGre5

have you seen whats in the box

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghostly.
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Good luck! :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tjbf55
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Tuve la misma resolucion. Hasta hora tan bueno

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam_Brighton

Very nice idea!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wayne75416

Tienes una idea fantástica. Estoy contigo

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SylviaElia2

Dec 31, 2018 marked two full years of not visiting a single social media site. And today, Jan. 5, marks 619 days of Duolingo Spanish learning. Definitely a more useful, fulfilling and meaningful way to spend one's time. Most social media is manicured garbage. Good on all those who can give it a miss.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YarkoRab
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UP!!!

3 days ago
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