It’s not breaking news big tech isn’t on the common man’s side.
From mass-censorship to manipulative algorithms, it’s only getting worse day after day.
Think about it:
The world’s top tech engineers’ sole purpose is to extract as much money as they can out of your attention.
A UK study showed that just a week-long break from social media caused a massive boost in well-being and reduced depression and anxiety. [R]
There’s a world out there.
You’re missing it if you’re falling into digital traps.
Thankfully, it’s not hard to break free.
It starts with a commitment to fully detox from all forms of social media for at least 30 days.
You can make exceptions for certain platforms if they’re needed for work.
No need to announce this decision unless someone specifically asks about your absence.
The idea is not to become a monk, but to see how well you do without social media.
At the end of the 30-day period, write a list of the pros and cons of withholding from each platform.
Based on your own evaluation, make calculated decisions about which platforms you would potentially reintroduce to your life.
But don’t give them the full reign they used to have.
Make decisions about the purpose of each platform and find ways to limit them to that designated purpose.
For example, maybe you use Instagram as a good outlet to share the highlights of your week and see what your friends and family are up to.
If this is the case, there’s no need to be mindlessly scrolling on it every few minutes.
Instead, only install the app during a certain time of your day and enjoy it mindfully.
For me, it’s while I have lunch.
The idea here is to use social media to serve you.
Don’t let it use you.