Social Media’s Flawed Hypothesis Laid Bare by Dwindling Engagement in Threads

Since the emergence of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, these social media giants have dominated our lives and culture, conditioning consumers to constantly anticipate the next big thing in social media. However, instead of fulfilling their initial goal of forging and maintaining relationships, social media platforms have become more focused on becoming hubs for communication, connection, e-commerce, and shared knowledge. This shift has led to a flawed hypothesis that social media can replace genuine connection and community-building in real life.

One platform that exemplifies this flawed hypothesis is Threads, where engagement has plummeted by 80% since its launch. Despite efforts by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the decline in engagement on Threads highlights the challenges faced by social media platforms in fostering meaningful interactions. This decline in engagement is not unique to Threads, as engagement rates have been declining on Instagram for three consecutive years[4]. While Facebook and Twitter have maintained relatively steady engagement rates, the posting frequency on these platforms has also declined.

The impact of dwindling engagement on social media platforms is significant, as it affects various industries and their marketing strategies. A report analyzing engagement rates across major social media networks found that the average engagement rate for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter never exceeds 0.47% . This decline in engagement has prompted businesses to explore alternative platforms like TikTok, which has seen a surge in engagement.

The dwindling engagement on social media platforms like Threads exposes the flawed hypothesis that social media can replace genuine connection and community-building. As engagement rates continue to decline, businesses and marketers must reassess their strategies and explore alternative platforms to effectively engage their audience and maintain a strong online presence.