Digital Detox, could you?

I have made the decision, January is Digital Detox month. Yes.

As I listened to the totally awesome Lisa Luxx the other day I realised exactly how much of my time is spent on social media, it’s ridiculous. As Lisa told the tale of how she went without technology for two months I knew it was my time.

Since starting this site admittedly I have utilised social media more than previously, however 75% of my time online is still spent fannying around and is a total waste of time. The trouble is that it’s addictive, right?

By the end of 2013, Facebook boasted 1.23bn monthly active usersworldwide, adding 170m in just one year. According to Facebook, 757m users log on to Facebook daily, as of 31 December 2013.

Facebook, love it or loathe it, it changed life as we knew it. I joined in 2007 after returning from working in the states. I still love it for the very reason I joined, it keeps you connected to those who are not on your doorstep. That’s pretty cool when you think about it. However, ironically, while we may be more “connected” research consistently reminds us of the real life isolation social media has brought to many.

24m Britons log on to Facebook each day

Life envy. Fear of missing out. Validation. Stalking has never been so easy. A friend of mine once learnt the whole life story about her ex’s new girlfriend in a matter of minutes – name, age, job and where she lived. That is fucking scary. Personally I’m an open book so I don’t really mind what people know about me. I’m shit at stalking, as I either get bored or forget what I’m doing and end up “liking” everything. Tool. Although, admittedly about once a month I nose at the profile of an overseas lover, just to remind myself how darn cute he is. Shhh, don’t tell.

What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh
A.A Milne

So, in an effort to be more present and less concerned with other people’s dinner, pets, babies etc I am going cold turkey come January. What’s the worst that could happen?

My rules:

Only phone calls and texts allowed (which mainly applies to my mum, best friend, flat mate, personal trainer and Domino’s).
Phone hours are between 10am and 9pm.
No social media. (Yikes)
Hotmail can only be checked once a week (in case there’s a really, really important email, which I have probably never had but…)
Can use the interweb but only for Netflix et al (as I don’t have a tele)

Let the countdown begin.

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt

 Digital Detox, could I?

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