Sunk cost fallacy. Individuals commit the sunk cost fallacy when they continue a behavior or endeavor as a result of previously invested resources (time, money or effort) (Arkes & Blumer, 1985).
The time and energy that I've all expended uploading to SS is not something I'll get back. If were to deactivate my account, I'd be guaranteed to receive nothing for that previously spent energy. However, I realized many many years ago that continuing to upload to SS would not be good investment of my time & effort--and the new payout structure confirms that decision even further as its a complete slap in the face to contributors. Until the juice is worth the squeeze, I won't be uploading new content; but I'm not having to squeeze for the juice in my existing portfolio.
Personally, I do not take offense to the way SS goes about maximizing their profits. They are a publicly traded company and are required to act in the best interest of their shareholders, not their contributors. Until the demand for our images/footage exceeds the supply, the game is rigged against the contributor. If everyone with a Huntington Beach or Manhattan Beach pier image were to deactivate their accounts, I would have some true pricing power, so please go ahead and deactivate your account if you're in my market .
PS- This was my first visit & post to the forums in 3+ years. I hope everyone is happy/healthy/staying safe!!