Give Up Social Media with Digital Minimalism

Give Up Social Media with Digital Minimalism

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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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  1. The strategy to social media certainly works better with minimalism than a blanket ‘I’m going to stop using social media’, so like you say assessing what you need to use it for is a step in the right direction.

    I like being able to assess the value I can get from it, and if it is stopping me achieving intended goals through distraction then I need to get off!

    Great post ☺

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  2. Love this line , “…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.” I’d like to quote you on that in an upcoming blog post in my “Quotes and Questions” series for Lent if that’s okay? and if so, give credit to your website “domincusation.com” or author? Thanks for these good words . Look forward to reading more and congratulations on 1,000 !

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  3. As a new follower I couldn’t have clicked on a better post to read first. This is what everyone needs so very badly. I took a major step back from social media a couple of years ago and I am VERY happy with my decision. It truly can become a prison and the saddest part is that the people in this “prison” don’t either realize it, or care that they are there.

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    1. It’s eye opening to try and remove it! It is such an integral part of our culture and that gives the impression it is a necessity, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

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    2. I often deactivate my most annoying social media account. Too much poor writing quality, too much anger, too much unoriginal and questionable content being mindlessly spread.

      Then when I log back on, I get all these “welcome back” type comments from the prisoners. I feel as though they are like drug addicts who want to drag others in to the addiction and they hate it when someone leaves the trenches.

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  4. Omg, I love this idea of social media minimalism, especially because it doesnt promote straight extinction. We don’t have to get rid of our social media usage altogether, but we need to have self control when using these apps, goddamnit!

    Good, good message. You get a gold star ⭐

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    1. Thank you! I wish I came up with the idea on my own, but the credits surely go to Cal and his book!

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  5. Congratulations by the way.
    As someone who has grown up before social media even existed it is astonishing to see how much time people spend on their phones etc.
    I try and use mine minimally but to give it up for 30days…I’m getting nervous even thinking about it. So I can understand how hard it must be for people who have grown up always surrounded by it.
    I agree that time is our most valuable resource. Unfortunately it is a resource easily wasted.
    Really enjoyed this post. Thank you for writing it.
    Best wishes to you.

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    1. Thank you and thank you! I’m glad you found it so interesting, social media definitely plays a near irreparable role in our world. To imagine a month without surely does make us feel all sorts of emotions!

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      1. You’re welcome.
        And indeed it does. It has become so integral to modern life it is even difficult to wonder how we coped without it. Will certainly be interesting to see how it affects the generation growing up in it.

      2. Some of those are already showing! Generation z has more anxiety, mental health issues, and decreased single point attention than any generation before. How this will take a toll on them is something for the books

  6. Excellent post. Over the next few years i can see digital minimalism being the same type of movement as minimalism.

    Apps are cool but when your flicking through them when you are relaxing watch tv at the end of the day, you know you have a problem, or do you?

    Awareness is key, when you mentioned try to cut back to 5 i thought 5 is alot then i counted the ones i one use, and it exceeded five, rather shocked.

    One thing i found helpful was the feature on Iphone, sure all smart phones have it were it tells you your daily useage of all the apps you use, one app scared me the amount of time i was scrolling. Even apps you use for business have a way of consuming more time than you need to spend.

    Will be taking you up on your 30 chalenge.

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  7. So true. I permanently deleted ALL of my social media accounts in December of 2018 and I don’t miss it, and I have replaced the time I was wasting on facebook etc. with things like reading books and spending time in nature. I realized that I had fallen into the trap of seeking validation from others on these sites – we all do this on social media. Posting something then waiting for the likes to come in, comparing ourselves to others as we see photos of their ‘picture perfect’ lives. Plus I was nervous that the companies running these platforms are using manipulative algorithms and I’m pretty sure social media was influencing my thinking so that is also part of the reason I deleted my accounts.

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with people sharing information and ideas online, but there is a lot of research indicating that social media can psychologically harm people.

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  8. As a communications student, my biggest irony is that I have gradually begun to dislike social set ups and social media at most and with graduation just around the corner this is a no no. I need to be top notch and above it all to attract the clientele as well as create a social standing for myself that will bring me the sources I need. It is tricky and these are the murky waters I need to traverse.
    Thanks for the article!

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