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Time for a Social Media Break

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We’re all sick of the pandemic, the rotating restrictions, the changing rules, the government incompetence.

Social media is an easy way to distract from that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you remember that ever social media platform’s primary need is to keep you on it for as long as possible (because you’re the product and never forget that), you should remind yourself to take a look at your social media habits.

I’ve caught myself doomscrolling and I’ve caught myself hatescrolling and I’ve caught myself trying to modify the ad algorithms on FB by searching for specific things to click on, hiding or reporting others, and targeting specific subjects. Even when I log in for a quick check to see how folks are doing, I always seem to catch something that pisses me off or makes me want to argue, and I’m not talking about the stupid crap FB’s “Suggested for You” algorithms use to try to rile me up and start an argument, or its selective showing of inflammatory comments in closed groups and on pages I’ve liked. But those are annoying too.

I’m tired of it. I don’t need the frustration, aggravation, or other negative emotional investment. It’s interfering with other things I want to do, and the easiest evidence of that is that I managed only six blog posts for two months in a row. Granting that my plan is only 9 so I’m averaging two per week, I want the time and ability to write more. I’m getting my editing done, but only at minimum levels. The list of creative projects I want to get done isn’t getting any shorter. The background organizing and publishing prep needs to get more attention so I can beat my planned schedule instead of just barely hitting the marks I want.

And I’m about to become a full-time university student, pretty much within hours of finishing a very large Teaching ESL course that I’m putting a lot of time and effort into.

Spending a lot of time on social media is not really conducive to any of this, so, effective a few minutes after this post goes up, I’m taking a 30-day personal social media break. I’ll still be posting to my author page (probably, I’ll cross post a couple of times to my personal timeline in case anyone is interested in what I’m up to – if you see this post that way, please go ahead and give my page a like if you’re interested in creative projects), and working on other creative-related media and plans. I’ll leave messenger connected, because it’s a decent tool, but the personal side of things can stay on the side for a while. I’m taking the apps off my phone because I don’t do any professional Social Media on my phone (except my scattering of Instagram photos) – that’s work for the desktop. I know it’s been less than three months since my last break, but that one was just a short reset. This is a social media vacation.

I don’t promise it won’t go longer, either.

If you need me, PM me, send me a text or email, or wave at me on one of my author accounts. That’s where I’ll be.

Stay safe, and be well, everyone.

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