I’m killing off almost all my social media.
I deleted my Facebook account a couple months ago. Never regretted it. Facebook is the ultimate “time-wastey” social media. It’s mostly full of people being overly angry at the news, a bunch of really dumb videos that auto-play, the worst ads of any social network, and really dumb notifications.
I deleted my Instagram account, too. I used to be fairly active on there. But as time went on, I was using it less and less. In the end, I was never even posting much anymore, I was only using it to look at updates of attractive women a couple times a week, and as much as I love women I find attractive, I have better things to do with my time than look at them on Instagram.
I still have a Reddit account. But I don’t really use it anymore. I should just delete it. Out of sight, out of mind, and so on.
I also have a Snapchat account and a few other scattered social media feeds, but I don’t even remember login info for any of them. Maybe I’ll leave them inactive until it’s convenient to get rid of them. I’ll leave some online dating profiles around. Maybe I’ll use them again.
The tricky one for me is Twitter.
I love Twitter. I owe things to Twitter. I got writing gigs on Twitter. Twitter folks have helped me with questions and problems I couldn’t take care of by myself. Twitter has also helped me get a great grasp on various passions and interests.
It’s also a massive time sink and I need to limit myself.
And I don’t just mean “Oh gosh, I suppose I should just use Twitter less.” You don’t solve these problems with “just do it less.” You create real restrictions or–in some cases–barriers. Just now, I couldn’t think of anything to type next, so I went on Twitter for about two minutes. I accomplished nothing.
So my new rule for Twitter starting right now is to check notifications and direct messages, but avoid the main feed unless I’ve accomplished everything I should accomplish for the day (which will rarely happen). If I keep myself distracted with healthier habits, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Bored? Read a book. Don’t mindlessly browse Twitter.
Just woke up? Watch something funny. Don’t mindlessly browse Twitter.
Trying to relax after work? Write. Don’t mindlessly browse Twitter.
It should be easy, but addictive things like social media are never easy to get away from. That’s the intention behind them.
I also need to figure out what to do with LinkedIn. I never update it unless something big happens, but maybe I need to take a different approach.
I’ll think of ideas a different time. Tomorrow, perhaps?