Why on earth would I say that, ‘give up social media’? Aren’t I writing on some form of it, and promoting most of my content through it? Well yes and yes, but there is a deeper message to this and a much larger and more important thing to gain if you give up social media. Argued in the book Digital Minimalism, that ‘thing’ is your life.
First Off, What is Digital Minimalism?
The best way to think of digital minimalism is with a list of priorities. Imagine that you have to pick only five platforms or applications to use for the rest of the day, what might they be? Take specifically your phone for example, what apps survive the cut? Are you going to keep messages because ‘you need to stay in contact with your kids’ or Facebook because ‘what’s happening in the world matters’? What you choose in that list of selective apps defines what you should be spending your time on. What are you doing that isn’t on that list?
Take This Question Much Further
If you do, then you’ll realize the purpose of this book and my claim Give Up Social Media. You see, when we decide to try and apply intention to our digital life, we run into a few problems. We aren’t very good at it. We’ve chosen somewhat negative habits and developed negative relationships with what could be helpful. Why do I say that? Countless studies and research have shown that we spend a large lump-some of our time on our devices. We peruse the web in-between breaks, during dinner, when we’re relaxing, and even while driving!
We Need a Digital Breather
This near constant drive for our attention from the digital world takes a toll. We need a break. We need to step back and instead of falling victim to the process, regain control of our digital lives. I argue this because with every passing year we fall further and further into a ‘technological prison.’ One such prison that is designed to grab our attention for longer and longer without much care for our well-being.
How Might We Accomplish This?
To piggyback off this book, I’d recommend a thirty-day removal from all our unnecessary digital tools. The point of the experiment is to regain direction with your actions. It’s no fault but our own that we gave up so much of our lives to these devices and the subsequent services. (You could also blame companies for structuring such addictive devices, but hey, business is business)
Thirty Days to Give Up Social Media and So Much More
By doing this, you re-inject purpose into your time. You swap over control from the devices and into your hands. Developing a new habit, a new project, a new skill becomes realistic again. Our time needs to be treated like its our most valuable resource because it is.
Thanks for Reading, 1000 Followers!
Although a shorter post than I normally produce, I hope you found this content helpful! I enjoyed reading the book Digital Minimalism and would recommend you give it a look, too!
1000 followers! I’m honored to have hit such a milestone so quickly and I can only thank those who supported my content! It means a lot to see this blog growing and to know that what I’m pushing out there has value to others. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thanks again for helping Domincusation reach this achievement!
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