The Year of Yes, ep. 10: YES TO DIGITAL DETOXES, part II
Isn’t it the strangest thing that “social networking systems,” developed within a virtual reality of global frameworks known as the internet based in binary content (the numbers 0 & 1), birthed at CERN in 1989, processed by “browsers” and tiny intricate machines in our hands, can have such a massive influence on our BRAINS and MINDS and BODIES and SOCIAL CONNECTIONS and TIME -- our life?
Take a long look at this compelling street art image on North 3rd in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It speaks for itself. I am currently preparing to embark on a true digital detox the week of 3/10. Yeah!!
Don’t take me wrong, I don’t think social media is inherently bad. Social media has many marvelous aspects to it, that is for sure. But it unfortunately also has a dark side, one that seems to have many addictive and possibly adverse qualities.
I go through cycles of having a solidly healthy relationship with social media, being able to use it in small increments for what it’s really good for - connecting with others, seeking inspiration, nourishing creativity, practicing writing, finding excellent recipes...
Then there are the times - and I bet most of us can relate - where I feel compelled to check *it* over and again. I loathe that feeling of being compelled to do things I am not actively choosing. Is it two sides of the same coin? Or the polarities of a magnet? Or the two edges of a swinging pendulum?
What are your thoughts? How do you manage this all pervasive but abstract world of social media? Comment below, I’d love to know!