Feeling Worn Out by Social Media? Me, too.

This season has only seen more and more polarization online.

I don’t know about you, but every time I log into Twitter, I start feeling the strain & drain by the time I’ve scrolled through about 20 tweets. There are a handful of reasons for this that I’m aware of, and certainly more that are less obvious:

  1. Almost everyone is (hard) selling something: Their ideals, worldview, beliefs.
  2. Right now, especially, everyone is angry about something (some rightfully so).
  3. Encouragement seems to be at an all-time low.
  4. There’s not a lot to contribute to a conversation online that will really move the needle on any important issues. (How often has your mind been changed by a Twitter discussion?)
  5. On the flip-side, it can be challenging to contribute positively offline (in the real world) due to ongoing Coronavirus concerns.

And at its foundation, social media tends to be draining by default, which certainly doesn’t help matters any.

Photo by Maria Teneva

The struggle is this: Without social media, the only voices you hear from are 1) people in your direct vicinity (very few, due to social distancing), and 2) the mainstream media (who are all politically charged in one way or another). If you choose to set Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. aside for some period, the diversity of voices you’d usually prefer to hear from are nearly altogether absent.

But… maybe that’s precisely what I need… at least, for a time. Hey, it could be what you need, too. After all, for laypeople (like myself), being present and active in our various localized communities is likely 100x more impactful than anything we could say or do online.

Makes this post feel a bit silly. :shrug:

What are you doing to battle the weight of the world we’re all experience because of our hyper-connectedness in this present age? How are you taking care of yourself, and how are you balancing that with the energy required to show empathy and compassion towards others?

– Zach

On Relationship Apps & Coming Up For Air

There are a lot of “relationship strengthening” apps in the App Store. They promise things like better communication and more fulfilling relationships for couples.

We tend to live distracted lives. These apps attempt to remind users to come up for air once in a while so that they can show significant others the proper love and affection needed in every healthy relationship.

These apps can act as Band-Aid®s for the underlying issue: The person using the app is still regularly stuck below the surface in their Sea of Distraction; apps like this only help the user breach the surface long enough to check “love” off the to-do list before diving back down into the depths of Instagram, Facebook, and Reddit.

Instead of coming up for air only once in a while (e.g., when prompted by an app), how much healthier could our relationships be if we reclaimed real, intentional human connection as our normative behavior, kicking the Sea of Distraction but for those occasional splashes and dips? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

How Digital Minimalism Could Enhance Our Quality of Life

An Unsolicited Digital Commentary

I said goodbye to mainstream social media a long time ago.

If you’ve stumbled into this article, it’s likely that you hear statements like the one above fairly often. I’d like to say that the more time I spend talking to people about this subject, the more people I find have converted from an ‘active’ to ‘recovering’ user status.

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