Quieting down: A month without Twitter and Facebook on my phone

If you've been listening to the podcast the past few months, you know that I have not fared well living in my brain, from the election on through the first month of the Trump administration.

By inauguration day, it had gotten so bad that I was trawling news sites, Twitter and Facebook several times an hour looking for people to argue with.

Inauguration day also happens to be my dad's birthday. As we drove to Charleston to visit and get some lunch (the dictate was at a place without televisions), I knew I had to do something to change direction.

So when we arrived, I opened my phone and deleted the Twitter and Facebook apps.

I'm still plenty active on both (Twitter | Facebook), but I really am only on the platforms when I'm sitting in front of my computer.

I do miss the opportunity to share from an app — most often Flipboard and my podcast app — but if there's anything I want to be sure to share out I'll email it to myself with a note.

There's something about deliberately visiting social media sites that makes my posting and commenting more deliberate. I have less time available, so I'm pickier about what I say and to whom I say it.

It's also led to some more in-person engagement. I'm certainly not pulling out my phone to look at it as often as I used to. I'm talking to more strangers, and I'm eminently more present around friends and family.

Need a break? Try it for a week. Enjoy.

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One Comment

  1. Josh,

    Earlier this winter (I don’t know when) I changed what news apps I have on my phone. Part of the deletion of apps was to save space, but it was also to stop seeing headlines meant to inflame. It was a good move.

    I have found myself on Twitter less, but perhaps on FB more. Dunno. I’m not looking for an argument and am interested in differing points of view. I’m more interested in contributing facts.

    Like you, I like actual human conversation! Very interesting to sit on a bus without looking at a device and see everyone else looking down. Life doesn’t stop, so we should look up and pay attention!

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