You’ve read my lamentations about social media, but now with the recent news about Russian trolls and bots it’s time to back away from the ongoing negative and toxic messages from abroad. Unfortunately, I need to stick around because part of my business is creating content for clients. However, once I have posted that content there’s absolutely no need for me to stick around to lollygag and lurk.
What’s interesting is that I see more and more Facebook friends getting fed up and deactivating their accounts. These are the same people who often wrote of how much they liked it to create a platform (soapbox) for their views, books, and businesses. Now they’re backing away because of privacy issues, but they’ve also noticed they’re not quite as sharp as they used to be. Somehow their brains have been rewired in such a way that all the information they digest doesn’t stick with them. But there’s more. There’s a constant need to be entertained whether it’s via funny animal or baby videos, memes, games, etc.
I recently listened to a Writerly podcast, hosted by Walter Kirn and Danielle Trussoni, that examined Danielle’s six week hiatus from social media. She told listeners her break from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter had been both a relief, but also a source of some anxiety.
She brought up an interesting point: how social media interrupted the alone time with her imagination. Trussoni realized—before her hiatus—that whenever she hit a hard part in her writing project, she’d grab her phone and check social media. Instead of pushing through the difficulty, she interrupted the creative the process.
After listening to the podcast, talking to a friend, and just reading more and more from people who had enough of their time lost to social media, I decided that instead of six weeks of really making the effort to break away from Facebook (my primary drug), I’d shoot for 12 weeks.
Why three months? I need to meet certain goals that require my full concentration. I still need to post for clients, but I am in and out. That means no commenting, no checking the recipe groups, no clicking on videos. It’s time to rewire my brain to deal with actual real world projects and push through the hard parts.
Will I succeed? That’s the big question. I’ve tried it before and failed. However, it takes 66 days to form a good habit. Unlike other time where I given myself a month, I’m shooting for the entire 66 days, plus I have an extra 18 days to nail it. This time, I’m taking it in the same manner I would when trying to eliminate one bad habit and replacing it with a good habit—one day at a time.