I'm back from my 4 day social media fast 👋
Had so much fun I'm honestly reluctant to come back. Here's a short vlog
A funny thing I learned during my fast is that I don't miss the internet at all. In fact I'm a little sick and tired of it.
No I don't mean Google Maps, tourist information, and stuff that helps you get around in a place you don't know. I mean THE internet.
Actually ... asking real human people for help instead of overbearing corporate overlords was kind of refreshing. Something special about asking a forest ranger, a campground owner, or a barista, for trail and sights recommendations.
Very different than the sterile, yet more accurate, Google recommendation. 🤔
The part I didn't miss was the social media. The news. The instant distraction machine.
Bite-sized pieces of content that act like junk food for the mind.
The problem with modern media is that it's junk food. You take a bite, you don't even like it that much, yet you instantly want another bite.
It's a super normal stimulus and it's insidious.
Worst part is that this junk food for the mind doesn't tell you what to think, much worse 👉 it tells you what to think _about_.
You can't help it.
Having my own thoughts back for 4 days was beyond lovely. But how do I keep it up? 🤨
Yes it's basically The Addict Problem 👆
You know you're addicted, but you can't stop.
Remove the trigger, the addiction goes away.
Put triggers back, it returns.
But I'm a web developer. I can't do my work without the internet and I need the internet to get better at my work 😅