Happiness from My Social Media Diet

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Almost a year and a half ago, I stopped posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I went on a social media diet, and it’s been wonderful. I still have my accounts, but rarely check them. With Facebook, I reference their calendar once every few weeks, just so I don’t miss Drink and Click events. I’ve logged into Twitter, maybe once.

Why did I go on a social media diet? Here’s the reasons I gave last year. Now, with the pandemic, and no Drink and Click, I’m on Facebook even less, which is fantastic.

With no social media, I’ve mostly eliminated the internet toxicity and the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). No politics, ignorance, hyperbole, and stupidity that permeates. I still get some of that from YouTube, but usually, filter it out. I use good quality YouTube channels — and yes, there are some — to study and learn.

My blog is where I spend time creating and contributing. I endeavor to make a positive space and even pay extra to eliminate advertising. As a creative, I believe you must have your own website or blog. Not some noisy rented space on social media.

When I moved off of social media, I started a free monthly newsletter. It’s a way for people interested in my work to get a monthly reminder and unique content. It’s been a lot of extra effort — certainly more than posting on Facebook — but it has added to my creativity.

I’m not here to convince you to get off of social media. I know the pull is strong. However, you might consider creating your own space tailored to the way you want it. You can populate it with your own creative energy.

There is a concept called Buy Local. Get stuff from small, family-owned stores rather than going to big mega-retailers. Well, on the internet, Visit Local. Instead of going to the big mega-social media sites, frequent the blogs and the independents.

Do you want the internet to be controlled by a handful of mega-information gatekeepers? Or do you want a healthy, vibrant, and open internet?

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5 thoughts on “Happiness from My Social Media Diet

  1. Andy, good on ya — as they say in Australia. I couldn’t agree more. ’nuff said. And, you’re inspiring me to spend more time on my Smugmug, Flickr and 500px accounts. Probably one would suffice, still I want to support Flickr, but how to differentiate it from Smugmug? And 500px is such a fun, creative space. A roundabout way of saying thanks for another inspiring post.

  2. I think you and I are on the same “schedule” regarding social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. The downside of this diet is that I get less reader traffic.

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