Time spent reading social timelines is time lost. Scrolling through a timeline is time consumed by the curated projections of other people’s lives, which are absorbed wholly and only at the cost of living your own.
Or, to put it another way: time spent on timelines amounts to time spent not living your life.
Spending your time on a timeline is valuable only to the extent you define value in your life by the amount of your life spent reading about the lives of others.
Time spent on a timeline is not time paused, it is life extracted. On average, then, time spent reading timelines is irredeemable and wasted.
If the most immediate ‘value’ we derive from timelines is that they distract us from ourselves — from the lives we are living, here and now — how much value should ascribe to them?