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Social media silence

This month is quite an unusual one, as you have caught me in the middle of a ‘social media silence’.  
In simple terms this means no Facebook, no twitter and no instagram till the date hits 1st September. It also means I’m limiting myself to just one youtube video a day, and refraining as much as possible from spending my lunch hour reading articles from sites like buzz feed.

Working in Social Media means that I’m surrounded by online content on a daily basis. A large amount of my day is spent adding to the virtual world in some way or another and I decided it was time to limit the amount of space I provide for it in my life once I leave the office.

If you take public transport or walk down the street…Look up from your phone and take a look around. You will find yourself in a sea of people staring at devices, faces blank while they scroll. You can’t ask for directions or offer a friendly smile because they simply won’t see you. Unless you’re present on their newsfeed or friends list, they’ll probably never know of your existence.

This is why I’ve halted all things social media for a month. I want genuine human interaction and conversation, not just another inbox on Facebook. I want to spend face to face time with people – not just facetime them.

It was an odd initially but refraining from sharing my life online is a rather exhilarating and unique feeling. I feel in some ways I have a lot less baggage. I think more, and silently scroll less. My life isn’t taken up by the day to day habits or thoughts of someone I met for a week six years ago. Whether we realise it or not, we are effected by what we see and what we take in.

I can’t fully assess my social media silence experiment just yet, but next month I’ll let you read the full details - If you can tear yourself away from a tablet to read this of course.

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on June 9th, 2020



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