Is social media a positive or negative influence?

Now, this post will open a can of worms, which can lead to many discussions, but ultimately the question boils down to ‘Are you using social media to your advantage to enhance your life’ or are you using to get away from life for a bit. Furthermore, before I go any further, I would like to say that I believe there is a place for social media in our personal and professional lives, but it is how you use it the tricky part.

An excellent book by Cal Newport called ‘Digital Minimalism’ has opened my eyes in regards to this topic. Cal pointed out that the average modern user spends around 2 hours per day on social media, and other related messaging services. This idea of zoning out and mindless swiping being the main culprit.

“Humans are not wired to be constantly wired” – Cal Newport

Cal recommends a digital declutter – a 30-day detox off social media (all optional technologies), and try to reconnect with other activities and behaviors which one would find satisfying and meaningful. After 30 days, he recommends gradually implementing some of these optional technologies back into your every day and determine if it brings you value.

You now may tell yourself – ‘I’m not on it that long, it is only a few minutes a day’ so I do not need to detox. These devices have been built to be addictive and time-consuming, so you may be on it longer than you think. Could you be doing something else with your valuable time?

 So, you really need to ask yourself are you really only on it for ‘a few minutes’ or longer.

More of your time = More money in their pocket 

The point is, social media is not the problem; it is how you use it.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,


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