Taking a break from social media
I quit Facebook several years ago. It felt great, and I still have no regrets.
A few years later, I quit Instagram. Felt great, no regrets.
About a year ago, I decided to try out TikTok. I made over 100 videos.
I had some fun, learned a lot, but ultimately decided to quit. It felt great, etc.
Over the course of the TikTok experiment, I started a new Instagram account and started cross-posting my videos there as well. But even though it only took up about 20 minutes of my time per week, I just didn’t enjoy using the platform. So I quit. Guess how it felt?
I’ve been on LinkedIn for over a decade, and I’ve hated just about every minute of it. I wonder how I’d feel if I quit?
Twitter is my favorite platform by far, and I’ve made lots of interesting friends there. But it’s now a private company, which my participation helps to grow. I wonder how I’d feel if I quit?
One way to find out.
As of Monday, November 28, 2022, I’m stopping all activity across all social media platforms, making my accounts private, and focusing on one-to-one conversations via phone and email.
I’ll update this post with a reflection after a month or so.
In the meantime, I’d love to have a one-to-one conversation with you about whether social media makes you miserable or not. What platforms do you use, and why? Have you tried taking breaks? How did it go?
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