DEALING WITH DIGITAL NOISE

 

THOUGHTS ABOUT STUFF

3 NOV 17

So I did something crazy today. I uninstalled the Facebook app on my phone. Yes. I did. And you know what? I feel better for it already. I’ve been feeling on the verge of mental burnout for a little while now and all the noise coming from all the different places I am plugged in to have been starting to make me feel, well a little bit crazy. And a lot exhausted.  Feeling like my brain just can’t take any more information in. And by information I mean pics of a work colleague from way back’s sister’s hens party (loved their flower crowns but seriously though) and a friend of a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party or that article about the best places to eat ramen in the city or that video of that cat that fell out of a tree which was funny for about 2 seconds or that meme about not being a morning person (I identify with this a lot being a complete monster in the mornings). I could go on but you get the idea. I guess my brain was kind of telling me that there was too much noise. So I decided to take some steps towards unplugging myself from all these messages, notifications, funny cats, memes, pins, pokes, DM’s, comments, likes, un-likes and shares.

Don’t get me wrong – I love social media when it’s used to inspire, connect, support & collaborate. I’m fluent in emoji and I love looking at videos of screaming goats. I can like, comment, share & tag with the best of them.  It’s an invaluable tool when it’s used right and with integrity. But it creates a lot of noise, most of which is completely unnecessary in our already overcrowded brains. And as much as I love being a voyeur to other people’s lives I also need to look after my own sanity and give my brain a break from the constant stream of stuff being thrown at it.

So I decided to do some small things to help me reduce some of the noise. I turned off email notifications on my phone. I turned off notifications on Instagram and Pinterest.  And I uninstalled Facebook on my phone. And do you know what I’ve missed? Not a hell of a lot to be honest. Sure maybe a couple of funny cat videos. Or a friend of a friend’s comment about a thing that has nothing to do with me. Or that click bait article that sucked everyone in.  And you know what? I am actually OK – yes my finger wants to press that Facebook button on my phone and it’s not there (which totally shows me how I have created an addictive habit) but I managed to get through the day without too much social media anxiety or FOMO.   With a lot less useless information thrown at my brain, which is awesome.

I stopped watching the news about a year ago and I don’t listen to commercial radio. I get the news delivered into my inbox every morning and I will only read what I choose to read. And you know what? I’m no less informed than anyone else but I choose what I allow into my brain. I decide what gets through to the precious grey matter. And I have to say I am a lot happier for it. Sure I don’t know what Donald Trump did today (seriously?) or what the score was in the cricket but hey, my brain is thanking me.

So if you’re feeling a bit brain tired and you need to unplug  you may want to implement some of these things – start small and do what works for you.

I would love to hear your thoughts on digital noise & how you unplug - drop me a line in the comments so we can chat some more.

MX


2 comments

  • I turned off all notifications on my phone a while ago and it’s made a big difference in my daily life. Facebook I don’t really visit as it was making me feel lousy about myself. The rule in our house is no iphone use during dinner time and family nights, which are most nights. My only issue now is instagram. Yes I am addicted, and it’s not something I’m proud of. Thanks for sharing this post and love your artwork. It’s very inspiring! Pippin

    pippim
  • I turned off all notifications on my phone a while ago and it’s made a big difference in my daily life. Facebook I don’t really visit as it was making me feel lousy about myself. The rule in our house is no iphone use during dinner time and family nights, which are most nights. My only issue now is instagram. Yes I am addicted, and it’s not something I’m proud of. Thanks for sharing this post and love your artwork. It’s very inspiring! Pippin

    pippim

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