In this episode we’re going to follow-up on Part 1 of our conversation on social media. This week we’re going to hit home a bit and talk about how addicted we are to the media, and then offer some suggestions on how to detox. Whoa, here we go, another big-time strap in time this week, Stu…
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Addict: : “one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity.”
- Realize how powerless we are and have given over our power to SM et. al.
- Seek the strength of a higher power
- Better use of your time?
- Target your focus/relationships/conversations away from SM
- Turn Off Notifications
- Remove Toxic Apps
- Remove Facebook → Message friends with Signal
- Remove TikTok → Send video messages by direct text or with Marco Polo
- Remove Snapchat → Get creative in Text instead
- Remove Instagram → Use VSCO for photography
Download Helpful Tools
- Get more sleep and remove blue light →Flux
- Track your screen time & change habits → Moment
- Reduce distractions → News Feed Eradicator
- Stay focused on your goals → Flipd
- Practice mindfulness → Insight Timer
Eliminate Outrage from Your Diet
We vote with our clicks. Don't support sites that pollute our cultural environment with vitriol via clickbait and outrage.
- Unfollow outrage-chasing voices on Twitter → Use iUnfollow
- to clean up your Following. Start fresh and intentionally choose the voices you expose yourself to
- Unfollow outrage driven Facebook Groups →Check your Groups > Settings > Following
Remove sharply polarized media outlets from your news feed. Follow Voices you Disagree With.
- Check news sites whose perspectives you disagree with → AllSides
- gives readers a cross-partisan view of world events covered by the media, and sustains itself on a consciously created hybrid revenue model to avoid bias and clickbait incentives.
- Pause → Remember there’s a real person behind the screen: Don’t be so quick to unfollow or publicly argue with someone who posts something you disagree with.
- Try a private message to ask why they feel that way, with genuine curiosity and a desire to understand.
- Clear your morning & evenings → Set clear bounded blocks of time without technology
- Device-free dinners → Play a game where the first person to check their device does the dishes.
- Create a shared charging station at home → Charge your family's phones away from bedrooms overnight.
- Buy a separate alarm clock → Wake up without getting sucked into your phone first thing in the morning
Fully Disconnect 1 Day Per Week
- Pick a date and let your friends and family know you’ll be offline → Or better yet, invite them to join you
Remember the Positive
- Take screenshots of the positive messages you receive to store in a folder on your phone → Let the rest go. Tech warps how our brains receive feedback, and we can fight back by remembering the positive.
- Practice cultivating gratitude for others and using technology to share your love → Send a special video to a friend with Tribute or Montage
Support Local Journalism
- Don’t force your local newspaper to play social media’s clickbait game. Support your local newspaper directly by paying for a subscription so that we can remain the customer, not the product. Democracy doesn’t work without healthy journalism.
- Take Control Find your local newspapers and support them → USNPL directory
- Upgrade your membership on platforms that provide meaningful content.