A social media fast

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I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. That I’m only just now making the effort to do it, just shows how much I actually need this. Indeed, I’m already a day and a half late.

For the whole month of August I’m going to stay off personal broadcast social media.

For about two months now, a verse has been stewing away in my head:

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear,slow to speak, slow to anger; (James 1:19, ESV)

 

It’s almost like social media makes me do the opposite much of the time.. or it just makes me brain-dead lazy.

Now, my dear social media, it’s not you, it’s me. There are clearly pluses and minuses when it comes to Twitter and Facebook, but every time I contemplate quitting them, I’m reminded of the ways in which they’ve been beneficial. The problem isn’t with the technology or media, it’s with how I use it. I don’t like that it makes me very reactive, or that I’m quick to give my two-cents worth. I do love that it has allowed to me to connect with some great people,  and find out about great books and music.

I need to recalibrate, a reset, and this means a break.

I’m currently on my summer break, and I’ve got lots of ideas and plans, and I fear that I won’t realise any of them if I don’t step back from things which insidiously steal my time, motivation and above all, my headspace. I want to get back tonot habitually pull my phone out to check Twitter or Facebook everytime I’m bored or waiting for something.

So I’m going to take Twitter and Facebook off my phone, and from my Chrome shortcuts. I do have a couple of pages I manage, and so I may need to pop in to post an update for them at some point, but let’s not be legalistic, and go with the spirit of the idea. I also have a bunch of automated triggers in place, so posts might turn up, for example, when I blog (which I will continue to do – I’m much ‘slower to speak’ on here) or when I upload photos (I know Instagram is technically a social media platform, but I don’t find it obtrusive in the way I’m finding Twitter and Facebook, so I’m not going to stop uploading photos..)

One of my plans is really exciting. I’ll let you know about it in good time. I have a pile of books to read and bunch of albums I haven’t yet listened to properly (thanks Noisetrade!).

So, to my booked-faces and fellow twits, I wish you a pleasant August. See you in September.

2 responses to “A social media fast”

  1. Brad says:

    Glad you’ll still be blogging at least. 🙂

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