Five: The number of tweets I post per hour. Five million: The number of times my thumb slides to refresh Twitter on my iPhone everyday. Okay, fine, that’s an exaggeration.
But to give you an idea of the amount of content I consume everyday through social networks: I currently follow 1,061 people on Twitter and 727 on Instagram. I’m not much of a Facebook user, but as I speak, I have 1,531 friends. I suppose that isn’t even a lot yet, but can you already imagine how many types of food I see everyday?
It’s not that I don’t wanna know what you’re eating – okay, fine, most of the time I don’t – but other than that, during the time I was staring at your Pasta Extraordinaire Foodpornialloni, I could have been doing something else.
For everything that we do, there is something that we are not doing. And I have always wondered what it is that I could have been doing during those hours that I spend everyday, tweeting useless information, deciding which Instagram filter to use on my photos, refreshing my feeds.
It is for this reason (among many, many, many others) that I am locking myself out of social media for thirty days. As of this moment, I have been outside of the tweep loop for roughly 38.5 hours. I feel like a vegetarian. You will still see me though – my blog posts are auto-tweeted and posted on Facebook – but consumption, unless absolutely necessary or required by my job, is down to zero.
If you ever want to talk to me, I have a comments section down here. Otherwise, here’s my e-mail address: vidasioson(at)gmail.com.
P.S. This effort was inspired by Steve Corona, CTO at Twitpic. He wrote about how his effort changed his life here.
Vida is a restless, universe-loving, forever-child with a very short attention span. She is mostly enthusiastic about travel, adventure, technology, fitness, and lately, life hacks. Most of her days are spent on tech partnerships in a telco, and most nights practicing capoeira (or yoga, or boxing, or trying some other unheard of art of movement). She likes experiments, little projects, and writes too, sometimes, at vidasioson.com. And if you're interested, sh... Hey, look, a flower!