The constant influx of news, links, status updates and photos is slowly, but surely, wearing me down. It’s changing me as a person. I check my social media feeds as soon as I wake up and force myself to sleep by repeating the same rounds at night. I’m always refreshing my feeds, like a fiend craving another hit.
The fact is: I’ve been active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for quite some time. Although these social networks are fun and entertaining (and certainly useful for sharing information and chit-chatting with other professionals), I’ve noticed that the distractive, immediate, and constantly perpetual nature of social media is really starting to eat away at me. It impacts my productivity, sure – but I’m starting to think that, slowly but surely, it’s also impacting my happiness.
So, in an effort to bring about a sense of clarity and focus, I’ve taken a personal vow not to “tweet”, Facebook, or Instagram anything for a total of 24 hours, starting at midnight on Thursday June 20th and ending on midnight of June 21st. If this goes well, I might consider extending my departure to a few days, and so on.
Of course, I’ll still continue to blog and reply to my email correspondences. Really what I’m doing here is opting out of social media for one day. Willingly. Because I want to see how it feels.
Who’s with me?