“We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considering them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable.”— Seneca, MORAL LETTERS, 74.12b-13
Are these berries really that desirable? My brain seems to think so. The reward system has me hooked. And while I could talk about facebook/social media addiction, there are already so, many, articles, about, it. There are some good cases for turning of cellphone notifications out there too. You can deny how addicted you are, or have full blown pride in the fact that you are a certified social media red berry connoisseur, posting shit and checking every second for a response from your audience.
If you’re addicted, and are aware of the effects, AND choose to remain in your red berry bliss, then.. I’ll get back to you later in the post.
I have notes from two years ago that summarized studies on how social media correlates highly with feelings of:
- negative moods
All especially when the consumption of social media is passive in nature. Then again, social media use could be a symptom itself, but no matter how many of these articles propagate in the ether, (bad) habits die hard.
We can, however, manage to kill them one by one, little by little.
For months now, I’ve disabled all notifications from facebook and fb messenger (here’s how). I can tell you first hand that the less berries there are on my phone, the more attention I have to put into stuff I really love to do. I read more, and I wrote this wonderful blog post for you. The most urgent facebook messages will turn into text messages or phone calls, so you won’t really miss out on much if you don’t get an immediate ping from your friends.
The thing is, even when I turn of the red berries in some apps, there are still red berries in other apps. That’s fine, what’s important at the end of it all is that the things that take your attention should be the things that you WANT to take your attention.
We can’t ensure our facebook friends post quality content all the time, we can only filter them out if they have a streak of time wasting, mind-numbing contributions to our news feed.
Which brings me to my next point, why even go through your news feed if the quality is rarely that great? Get rid of it, your life will become a little brighter. You’d be doing one less activity which most people spend so much time on that falls in the lower-right quadrant of an Eisenhower Box.