I have a deviantart account. My username is Druidpeter, same as it is on Tapas, and while I currently am not very active, that has far more to do with recovering from hand injuries than from having abandoned the platform. The contrary, I've always adored DA, and have never liked social media. Not twitter, and especially not Instagram.
The thing is, Social Media basically ripped apart the online landscape and Web 1.0 culture that had been slowly, organically growing, and had replaced it with something that could only be called a mockery of an attempt at human connection. As things got worse and worse, the issues with social media finally came to a head in 2016, and now vast numbers of people are aware of social media for what it really is: Mostly just shallow pretenses of interaction combined with ad aggregation.
The social media companies, I feel, are really feeling the pressure to work genuine human interaction into their platforms. They've been struggling to do so, however, because they can't figure out how to make facebook and whatever into something that does that. But the funny thing is that Web 1.0 technology actually did that really well. Places like DeviantArt are so well optimized for the big screens of desktops, and their organization and layout is sprawling and feels more like a vast den of exploration where the user gets to go out and actually find the content and interactions that they want, and it works so well. Whereas Web 2.0 has become literally optimized for just shoving pre-curated content into your face in a constant stream, a place like DeviantArt actually ends up returning agency and responsibility for enjoying one's time on the site.
I've always loved Web 1.0 over social media web 2.0, which is just... utterly fake. And I'll definitely be going back and being an active user once these hands of mine are significantly better. Probably Mid-September. And I'm glad that DA seems to be doing well, too!