The Best Thing You Can Do Is To Unplug From Technology…
Back in January I made a simple decision for my own sanity-I unplugged from Facebook and Twitter. I had become worn out from the feeling that I was bombarded with news and updates of negativity. I had grown tired of getting roped in to conversations about politics that led to arguments which resulted in adding to my stress level. Because of the inundation of negativity I stopped using social media completely.
I didn’t have a plan, but figured I would eventually use Facebook like I use salt; a little dab here, another pinch there. What I found after a while was that I didn’t miss it at all and my quality of life increased.
Next on my list was unplugging from news. I had grown tired of wrestling with the dilemma of trust. I didn’t know which news sources were reporting “news” accurately (I surmised none of them) therefore I decided to eliminate them all.
I went cold turkey on eliminating social media and news for over 8 weeks and then added in infrequent use since the end of March.
I don’t add many pictures to Facebook. I don’t comment a lot. I don’t follow people. I unfollowed almost every page to clean up my feed so that I only get posts from people I care about.
So what are my impressions and thoughts after nearly 4 months of minimal social media and even less news? My quality of life has skyrocketed! I no longer feel overwhelmed. I no longer view the world as negatively as I had before. I am paying more attention to the real world around me. I spend less time looking at my device when I’m out in public.
In short, I feel happier and less stressed.
My belief is that so much information creates a false impression. The inundation of information makes people believe that crime and doom are waiting on every corner. The negative news reporting makes us feel as though there is no good in the world. News sources report death, destruction, corruption and crime so powerfully that it creates in us a false perception when the truth is that crime per capita in the U.S. is at a 40-year low according to the FBI data crimes department.
Now that I am paying attention to the real world I am noticing that there are a lot of good people in the world. Sure you see some inconsiderate individuals also, but for the most part people are decent. For the most part people are normal.
I highly recommend you unplug completely for a while and allow your mind to reset. I believe you will find your stress level will go down and your mental quality of life will increase.
Try it. You might find that you actually enjoy the real world.