About two months ago, I decided that I was tired of being outraged everyday after reading my social media feed. I primarily use Facebook, so I deleted my Facebook app from my iPhone and turned off notifications to my Chromebook. Within a week, I was feeling better. Less angry. Less outraged.
It’s become clear to me that a daily engagement with the social media feed, especially news and other’s shared outrages is not a way to increase my feelings of peace and happiness.
I am aware of many of the social ills that plague our planet and I will definitely vote in November and contribute to political candidates that have humanity’s best interest at heart. But I don’t need to have this beaten into my head every hour of every day.
You might find a more peaceful existence, too, by stepping back from social media. For me, I’ve found a little more time to live in the present moment. I’m learning to cook new recipes. I’m caring for new plants and flowers (some are not doing so great, but I’m learning!).
Related to this, check out Sam Harris’ interview with Jaron Lanier on Podcast #136 – Digital Humanism. I found it very interesting. Jaron Lanier is author of 10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.