I have decided to take control of my digital life. I don't know about you, but too often I spend wasted time on sites I don't even really like. These sites have merely become a daily habit. The pathetic part of it all is that some of them just frustrate and/or annoy the beejesus out of me. Why I am spending time on things that reduce pleasure from my life instead of actively engaging with content I find entertaining, useful, enlightening and informative? It's time to take the control back in my digital life. For me, this is a step by step process. Today I am sharing my experiences with making it through Step 1.
Step 1: Limit my Facebook use.
Confession: I don't know why I spend so much time on facebook. It rarely makes me happy or excited. I don't go there for my news or to learn. Am I merely spying on the lives of my friends? Well, the lives that they present on fb that is. That just seems creepy. Wait, is facebook making me a creep?
I am not at a point where I want to delete fb out of my life entirely. I still have faraway friends that I like to keep up with. I do enjoy seeing some of the photo albums that friends post. Yes, yes, there is Instagram for photos - but I also love it when someone takes the time to craft an amusing photo album complete with pithy anecdotes on facebook. I also still enjoy receiving event invitations via facebook. It is an easy way to stay in the know of social events. I still see some value in having a Facebook account.
What I have come to realize is that there is no reason to visit facebook multiple times throughout the day. It is a time drain and often one that raises my blood pressure. I will admit it to the fact that I get insanely annoyed at a lot of the junk that is shared on fb. Is it dumb to get annoyed at harmless memes? Dang right it is! Yet, the fact remains that I do. Why not just cut the useless content out of me life?
The Remedy: I only go on facebook 3 quick times a day. I am working to getting it down to two. There really was no need for the constant fb reloading in my life. Wait, there was one….
I used to send messages back and forth throughout the day with my bf. We live in different cities and he doesn't really use a cell phone. Facebook provided a quick and easy way to share silly stuff we knew the other would like and to let each other know what was happening in our day. This was the main reason I would be on facebook multiple times throughout the day.
Remedy # 2: email. Simple, right? Now we just email each other throughout the day and the act of receiving the message is not cluttered with all the information in my fb newsfeed. I am loving this simple solution. Also, this has cut out the issue of fb being the first site I would load in the morning.
So far the taking control over my facebook habit is going great! I am sticking to my limit of 3 visits a day. This first step in gaining control over my digital life has lead me to start cutting out some of the other daily online visits I seem to lurk out of habit more than anything else. Next week I will discuss my complicated online relationship with Pitchfork.