Dialing Back Social Media
I am not sure how long it will last but I consider the acknowledgement of it and trying the step in the right direction. I have longed to walk away from social media and really because I feel obligated to it.
It started with removing Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter from my phone and then follow through on not checking these platforms on the phone. After a few days and into the first week the feeling was refreshing and I decided to delete Instagram, snapchat and the intention to delete Facebook.
I use messenger with some people that I do not want to lose contact so deactivating(deleting Facebook is a bit more challenging. I did change my name and dial down all the security so everything is set to “only me” where possible.
After pursuing this now for about month, I thought to deactivate Twitter. I have tried this before and it didn’t last that long but I had the desire to try it again now that I have a foundation in place with no social media apps on my phone and other platforms dial back completely
I am verified on twitter so I have 12 months to decide what to do … I can log back at anytime but I think I can go quite far on this run because I have focus on other places.
There are so many reasons to do this … there is certainly value in t for someone. I will list some reason below that led me here and it has not been an overnight decisions it has evolving overtime.
- Stale – the oblivious is that it is a waste of time and it is stale. We are animals of habit for the good and bad and social media is STALE. We do it because it is a habit and not because we benefit from it-
I can personally feel the pull of the platforms while I am on them. I waste about 20 minutes every time I am on them. I scroll aimlessly and that is just a fact for me. This time can be better spent and I have felt an awakening in my ripe age to use my time more wisely
- Automation – the automation factor of people and posts on twitter and social media has really opened my eyes. I know how most of the technology works and I have tested most of it. Knowing how things works behind the scenes ruins it for me because I know that the number of bots and automation inflates the platforms.I am convinced that if twitter denied any automation; auto posting, auto engagement then its usage would fall by 70%
- Test Rabbits – fact is we are test dummies for Facebook and others. These two articles explain things and it is how I feel about these data platforms. Read these three articles very powerful:
It is work in progress … I believe I have come to the point where I know my life will continue the same after social media as it did before. I look forward to being bored again and finding real life things to drive me attention like it did before the iphone, facebook and candycrush