The first couple of days were full of withdrawl symptoms - I’d open a new tab in Chrome on the desktop or laptop and start typing facebook.com without even thinking about it. I missed my constant entertainment from Twitter. I missed all the fun of WhatsApp group messages. However, it got better. I forgot all about Twitter within days. I still missed Facebook and WhatsApp, mostly because it came up in conversation all of the time. The benefits were immediately apparent. With a mind free to wander and explore, I started to experience things, to make moves, rather than suck down a never ending stream of information. Not knowing what your friends are doing every second is liberating. It’s amazing how much you have to talk about when you don’t have a constant plug into their life. I built stronger friendships and forged a couple of new ones.
What’s my plan now? Well, I’m back on social media. It’s nice to finally see “that picture that Ramesh tagged me in”. But I don’t want to go back to my old routine, the new one is so much better. I love creating things - code, art, writing, whatever. I want to keep doing that, because the act of producing, being a maker, has changed my life. If I want to read or post on social media, I will do it consciously and thoughtfully - so I won’t be using Twitter or Facebook from my phone. I love the information diet that I’m on and all I need to do is not plug back in. Meanwhile, I have got a new social hub to stay hours on and yet never misuse or underuse it. And that’s, Quora.com. It’s a wonderful place to get all your answers from experts.