This last weekend I decided to take the entire weekend off from social media. I had wasted so much time (family time) the previous weekend watching the dumpster fire happening in Charlottesville, and it made the rest I usually get on Saturday and Sunday nearly void.
Taking this time off, removing myself from social media, just for two days, made a huge difference in the rest I got over this last weekend. My wife did the same thing too. We noticed something: our memories actually improved a bit because we weren't distracted, we enjoyed our time together and with our baby a lot more, we were less stressed about the world.
Obviously, there are stresses in life that can't be avoided, but that's actually a good reason to unplug. You don't need to add to that stress by getting stuck in a screen. I did still have scheduled posts go out on Twitter and Facebook, and I had to do a little posting on Saturday morning, but when I finished I logged out and didn't miss it.
I did (out of habit) open the social media apps on my phone a couple of times, but realized it right away and closed the app before the feed loaded up. It's a tough habit to break, but I've even found myself looking a social media less since getting back online.
So, take some time, unplug from the internet for a while. It's especially important in these time of extra unrest, with the legacy media pushing such divisive narratives. Put the phone down, talk to your family, have a party with your neighbors or play a board game.
Just don't log out until you've watched my show
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