"In the last week according to my iPhone, I've spent 3.5 hours on these social media apps consuming the infinite scrolling effect of puppy, baby, and sports videos."
This week I was asked to write a blog post for a company called Flipd. Here is an excerpt straight from their website, "Flipd nudges you to spend less time on your phone — helping you to be present, productive, and happy. Enjoy life offline with Flipd." The topic I was asked to blog about was, "benefits of staying off of social media". The whole idea was caked in irony. A technology teacher who uses social media daily even to share a weekly blog, telling people the benefits of staying off social media. With that being said, I value this idea and I'm going to practice what I preach...I hope you join me. I'm going on a social media vacation. I'm going to delete the Facebook and Twitter Apps on my phone for a week and see what happens. In the last week according to my iPhone, I've spent 3.5 hours on these social media apps consuming the infinite scrolling effect of puppy, baby, and sports videos. Infinite scrolling is what has made social media like Twitter and Facebook so addictive and consuming. Infinite scrolling is a web-design technique that loads content continuously as the user scrolls down the page, eliminating the need for pagination. I realized after seeing how much time was spent consuming seemingly meaningless content, I was out of balance and needed a vacation.
Here were the three benefits I shared on my blog post about staying off of social media that I'm hoping to experience during my vacation:
Gain Perspective - When you aren’t using social media you are present. You are also able to gain perspective from many differing opinions rather than the “echo chamber” that is created by your social media.
Build Meaningful Relationships - Social Researcher, Brene Brown states, “Social media has given us the idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.” Invest in the one or two!
Be Happier - Staying off social media allows you to focus your time and energy on what really matters to you. This allows for a sense of purpose. A compliment, hug, or laugh with a friend in person is better than a “like” on social media.
Balance is the secret sauce in life. If you have an iPhone and you go into settings>battery>usage in the last 7 days and realize you are out of balance, join me on a social media vacation. Don't fear, your accounts aren't going away after you delete the apps! I'm guessing this week long vacation could help us all refocus on whats truly important in our lives, allow us to build more meaningful relationships, and just be happier. What good could you do with an extra 3.5 hours in your week? Take a vacation to find out!