In a conversation today, I realized that my social media life is 6 years old.
Before that, I didn’t possess a smartphone, didn’t have Facebook, or Twitter. I see its good points– it has put me in touch with some fantastic people, my reading list comes curated from the reading, writing, publishing and life experts I’ve followed and friend-ed. I’ve had work and writing opportunities via social media.
But no matter how much it gives me, it also takes away– I’ve become less focused these days. In my writing, but also, deplorably, in my reading. My attention span has reduced, and I find myself wanting to multi-task. Upload pictures on Pinterest while I post something on Twitter, and also try to catch a show on TV or cook– that sort of thing.
It has affected my inner silence, the silence I always retreat to when writing, or meditating. That’s another argument for social media detox: distraction is the enemy of attention, and the quality of our lives is in direct proportion to the attention we pay to it.
Around me in the public transport and malls, I see fewer conversations. Bent necks, glazed eyes on screens, headphones all around. Everyone, from a corporate honcho to a construction worker, is flicking away on their screens, oblivious of the life passing them by. I’ve touched on the selfie craze before on this blog, and social media, but not really on detoxing myself from all sorts of screens.
I’m trying to put away my phone, and carry a book instead of a tab. To just look around more, and severely limit internet usage.
It is ironic that I’m saying all of this on my blog: I need to go off and stare into space for a while, and get myself a social media detox just as the video recommends!
Meanwhile, while you’re still here, questions for you: What role does social media play in your life? What social media are you part of? What needs does it fulfill? Do you primarily interact with your friends online or offline? Do you think you need a social media detox?
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(Yes, I see the irony of asking you to join the conversation on an FB page, when the post is about social media detox! We be cray…)