Everyone thinks they are using social media, but in the vast majority of cases, social media is using them. The recent increase in Instagram advertising is a timely reminder that these apps are made attractive so that the designers can literally sell your attention to marketers.
Unfortunately though, the message of social media’s addictiveness, by design, appears to be falling on deaf ears and many choose to ignore the problem or justify excessive use due to marginal gains. Instead of addressing their screen time, many say things like “I wish I had as much time as you to do X” or that the pressure at work is causing their anxiety.
While we all have different time constraints, and some workplaces do contribute to poor mental health, if you aren’t addressing a major factor and you spend multiple hours a day looking at your phone, then you really aren’t helping yourself. Yes, social media has benefits, but most of the benefits can be obtained in 20 minutes, not 2 hours or more.
While I won’t say this is my favourite book of the year (as a favourite is a very niche topic), however, if there was a single book that I would recommend everyone to read this year, so far, it would be this one. Getting out of your phone more is hardly going to make your life worse and you might find it to be a significant upgrade.
“The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children.
“The urge to check Twitter or refresh Reddit becomes a nervous twitch that shatters uninterrupted time into shards too small to support the presence necessary for an intentional life.”
“Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.”