Two weeks into a Social Media fast

Two weeks ago, while reading Deep Work by Cal Newport, I decided to take up his challenge to go on a four week social media fast.

There are many arguments in the book for doing it, but the ones that resonated most for me were the addictive nature of Facebook in particular (Twitter seems even more so for some, but doesn’t have the same appeal to me). I had had too many instances of waking up from a session of skipping from one thing to another in Facebook, and just felt a bit sick of it all. The challenge was there on a day I was feeling like that so I decided to take it.

The most striking thing about the challenge in the book is that you don’t tell people you’re going to do it. You don’t make a grand gesture exit, nor do you tell people to get in touch by other ways*. You just stop going. I decided to avoid Facebook for four weeks and Twitter and LinkedIn similarly but with a couple of exceptions.

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