We should think of Masto as different, not as a replacement (some technical similarities aside). If the world needs anything right now, it's something different from the same ol' money-driven scene, with all its psychological tricks.
Indeed, Masto *is* different; even from the other micropost players in the fediverse game (GNU Social, Diaspora, etc).
Different for the win! (Or at least piece of mind.)
Welcome to the 'don.
Tip: Follow people in different time zones.
I hear you. And good article. The addiction aspect is real for many, sadly.
I was on the road to shaking that monkey early in 2016. Like a lot of people, that election did me in for socmed.
Now in process of killing all the centralized accounts. Twitter and LinkedIn are last to go. The latter is the only one my wife looks at me funny about.
I'm just happy. It feels liberating to be free of the exploitation and desire to want to check the irrelevant noise.