Social Media Detox
Over the past several years social media platforms have popped up everywhere, and all of them are vying for out ever decreasing amount of attention. Personally I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, and to a small extent Instagram and Google+. I have always liked to pride myself that I am not one of those people who is always posting. This is true. On Facebook I post something probably once every two to three weeks. Instagram is less, but Twitter I post multiple times a week.
Even though I am not posting very often I do find myself on the sites always looking for the next thing that I can like, watch or laugh at. As I analyzed my habits I realized that I was using the platforms way more than I would like to. Many days I was spending three hours watching YouTube videos. This is not a path that I am comfortable going down in the long term even though in the present day it is very comfortable and can be very relaxing.
Because of this I knew that I needed to change my habits. I couldn't think of a better way to change my habits than by going cold turkey on all of these social media platforms. So for the entire month of September I am blocking the following websites: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Reddit, Google+, Instagram. I have also taken the apps off of my phone so that I wont have the temptation to look at it there.
I have a feeling that this will be a challenge for me as I have made these services such a large part of my everyday life. One day into the challenge I have been surprised at just how many times I have thought about wanting to watch a funny video or check Twitter.
Because this will be a month long process I will give updates on how things are going, and what I notice during the process. I will also give a final review after I have completed the full month.
I have been someone who has often complained about not having enough time to do things. By taking part in this challenge I think that I will find the time that has somehow been missing for the past several years. I have a list of books that I have been wanting to read for a while, but have never gotten around to them. I think that I will see a remarkable reduction in the size of this list with the new found freedom that I plan to enjoy.
*** Note, I will still allow YouTube when it is purely educational. I had a problem with my car today and I needed to figure out how to remove a part. Because this was educational and not for fun I am not counting it against myself. In addition, there are likely many concepts that will be covered in my classes this semester that I will go to YouTube for further clarification.
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