The 10 Year Evolution Of My Social Media Addiction

The New World

Fast forward to early 2010. I’m now back in what I’d consider my home town of Gold Coast, Australia. After living in Turkey for a while, the culture shock was quite intense as I hadn’t been back in quite a long time. All the kids in High School had a thing called an iPod Touch? Some of the kids had the cooler iPhone’s.

Making The Switch And Embracing The New

Between 2010 and 2013, I started being introduced to more and more social media platforms. Social media had taken the center stage of my addiction. I slowly started to disregard the desktop versions of a lot of platforms. Twitter and Facebook had perfectly good in-browser applications but it was much more convenient to just use your phone. I mean, who could deny that?

The Problem Materializes

2013–2016

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Accurate representation of my productivity being burned alive

The Problem Peaks And The Solution Arises

2016–2018

  1. You stop being observant of the world around you. You’re on the bus ride to work, you’re in the middle of a conversation, you’re on a stroll, all the while not paying any attention. You miss out on noticing opportunity. You miss out on developing a stronger emotional/social intelligence. You become stuck in a world that isn’t real.
  2. You stop thinking. The mind wondering and natural curiosity is a blessing to the human species and here you are, avoiding all of that and looking at your screen, browsing through content that really isn’t that interesting, funny or relevant. Look up, it’s a beautiful day .
  3. You become drained and lazy. Aimlessly browsing Facebook or Reddit will take it’s toll. Eye strain, mental fatigue and the realisation of ‘Where the fuck did my day go?”
  • Bulk reply to messages on Messenger. If it’s a back and forth, the point of Messenger is gone and it’s a real time conversation. Call.
  • Only Snap things that are genuinely interesting or funny — Ignore streaks, if you find you can’t, take a break every 2 days.
  • Don’t use Snapchat for chatting unless it’s a part of your entertainment time.

“Shit, it looks pretty good” — You

Sah out.

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