Hello! It’s been a month and a bit since my last update, hasn’t it? Truth is, things have been going well with a whole bunch of stuff – freelance, personal, and work – so, I’ve been getting stuck in and enjoying the wave of good fortune.
Looking back at this time, it made me realise something: The less time I spend on social media, the better I feel. Don’t get me wrong, this won’t be a post about the evils of social media and how you should delete all your accounts. Not at all. I think it has a purpose and can do a lot of good.
The problem is, it degenerates into a breeding ground for negativity and hive mentality too often. I’ve carefully curated my feeds to follow likeminded people and block out the nonsense, but there’s still the odd dumb thing that seeps through.
Now, I’m not one to get too upset about trolls or online idiocy; however, I did find myself losing time and giving too much credence to stupidity. Instead of logging off and letting the dead ships dwell, I’d read through all the nonsense and fear for the future of mankind.
This changed when I took a holiday in late April. In the evenings, I’d read my news from my favourite websites, watch my shows, and then shut down my computer and put away my phone. I played PlayStation, read books, and spent a lot of time sipping coffee and enjoying my Blu-rays without the buzz of online chatter.
It sounds so simple and easy, and it is. It was truly refreshing, opening up more time to do things and removing the negativity before I went to bed. As a result, I’ve decided to carry on with this trend and disconnect a little more. This doesn’t mean I’m no longer active – not at all, because I am – it’s that I know when enough is enough.
I strongly recommend you try it, too. Don’t be afraid of unfollowing or blocking the negativity from your life. Life is too short to be angry about everything all the time. Rather find joy in what you do than hate at every turn.
Until the next time, take it easy!