I’ve stepped back from consuming social media lately and am starting to feel the effects. My attention is slightly better and I find I have more time during the day to do other things. Important things. I’ve always been a fan of social media, but I think if your main use of platforms is consumption and not creation, it alters the way you think. Not in what you think, but how you think.
So I’ve been trying an experiment. I removed all social media platforms from my phone and kept only my RSS feeds from a few sources and blogs and that’s it. While I can check Facebook or Instagram on my laptop, I make sure to keep it short: a quick drive-by for Happy Birthdays and “care” emojis, and then I’m out. Twitter had been my go-to app and now it’s gone, figuratively and literally.
Now every time I read an article or have an idea I want to share, I put it into my Obsidian daily note. Not only does this give me an archive of the media I’m consuming (and that’s good for when I suddenly find myself saying “I read something just recently…”) it makes me think a little bit more about what I’m reading. No more saving articles to read later, I take the time and if it inspires or enrages me, I write it down in a separate note and log it in my daily media_log.
It’s still new and fresh, so I’m in the ADHD honeymoon phase, but I also wanted to start sharing this on my site, because, I’m not doing anything else with it right now. Let me know if this is helpful.
- Really good column on the Trump indictment by Jamelle Bouie This Is the Most Frightening Part of the Trump Indictment
- Oliver Willis did a good take on white crime in Donald Trump And America’s White Crime Epidemic
- Vox article helps explain how hard it is to get mental health care. The lack of people accepting new patients is scary. Why it’s so hard to get health insurance to pay for therapy
- It makes me happy to think of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, sitting at a desk and chuckling to himself about that video of the squirrel creating its own crime scene with a broom.
Listening to NPR’s Up First today and in the case of Trump speaking after his arrest and Alexei Navalny speaking from a Russian jail, both men said that “this isn’t happening to me, this is happening to you” in their public statements.
I’m certainly not comparing the two men, but I just found the timing of the similar statements interesting.