Where's everyone gone?

Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Running' started by BarefootBilly, May 17, 2020.

  1. BarefootBilly

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    Hi guys I used to drop by here and few other forums over a decade ago when I started out - the Pose forum, Runners World Barefoot forum etc... I notice all my old haunts have either gone or are really quiet. What happened? Was barefoot running just a fad on the back of Born to Run? Or has everything moved to Facebook these days?
     
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    Hi Billy,
    There are a few of us diehard's still around. I think barefoot running requires time and patience that few people have in these days of instant gratification. Not many have the discipline to start slowly and learn how to run correctly.
    They all want to get that 10km or marathon under their belt and will buy whatever shoes promise to get them to the end as fast as they can.
    I found the Pose running books very good and they helped with my technique and I still try to do the drills when I have the time.

    Regards

    Neil
     
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    Probably hype, but at least you still have us! :barefoot:
     
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    I don't think it is a barefoot running issue. Most of the forums I have participated in are down to the last few people or have closed. My opinion is that most people have moved towards the popular social media instead of forums. It's a shame because I think forums are more socially inclusive and less divisive. Either you have an interest in that community or you don't. Sure there were trolls and arguments but not nearly like the stuff on FB.
     
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    Yeah and I think that's a dangerous game as Facebook is the ultimate controller of just about every forum now. If they don't like what you have to say you can't say it....
     
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    Facebook blows on many levels. First, their business model is to stalk their users and sell their information. Second, finding and following a thread or having an argument is really hard. Third, it's mostly grandparents showing off pics of the grandchildren. Fourth, they filter content to fit/promote their ideas of political correctness. About the only thing worse is Twitter, which is like crack for narcissists ... I won't do either one.
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    Still here. And ironically, now that I work from home, I run more often :D
     
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    Well, there you are! :)
     
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    I agree, I think this is the answer. On Facebook there are a lot of barefoot communities, in many languages too. But I don't like Facebook either, I deleted my account a good while ago. I hope at some point someone invents some good non-corporate social media technology.
     

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