Check In

A checkup and check in since reducing my digital social media-

To recap- I recently unfollowed everyone (almost 400 people) on Facebook.  Groups. Sales Pages. Businesses I liked. Bands. TV shows.  Things I didn’t remember joining. Friends, family.  I was unmerciful. I unfollowed it all.

For a week, I’d spin thru my abbreviated newsfeed and only find an occasional rogue group or person I had missed on my cull.  I slowly weaned myself off even checking the timeline because now there was nothing on it.

Twitter and Instagram too it’s place.  Twitter, however, is now gone.  I found I am not witty enough for the banter.  I don’t understand half what is written there, and I had nothing meaningful to contribute to it.  Gone.

Instagram has been wonderful. I am filling my feed with artists from around the world- some I know or knew from school- most I have never met, but admire.  I have satisfied my urge to control what I see with this feed.

With Facebook, I did find that I missed out on some important things- a friend’s cancer journey made me pause and revisit who and what I follow on it.  I have slowly added family and friends back on- not nearly the number I had.  Most groups I muted, and check when there is something I need- not when Facebook decides I need to hear something.

There is a sweet, precious life waiting for me on the other side of the bright lights of my smartphone screen.  I have lived it once, because I am old enough to remember life before computers in the home and smartphones in every hand.   I would love to get back to that life- and focus on the real, tangible world surrounding me- 100% focus on my family and work.

I am hoping that by tightly controlling my newsfeed, I can inch closer to my dream of a less digital life.

7 thoughts on “Check In

  1. I’ve done much the same recently – pulled away from WordPress too – moved my blog to, so I don’t get sucked into the wordpress walled garden of liking posts, and not commenting. I struggle with twitter too – some people seem to invest an awful lot of effort into it.


    1. I tried to get “into” Twitter, but couldn’t shake the feeling it was for the cool kids 🙂 I need to read more blogs rather than little snippets I see on Facebook. I do notice WordPress is sort of insular- I don’t get much traffics from ‘outside’ so to speak.


  2. This post is an eye-opener. I’ve been feeling the urge to spend less time on social media. Like you, I’m very selective when it comes to following friends, groups, and pages on Facebook. I only follow things/people that I know or I’m genuinely interested in. However, I still spend a good amount of time checking Facebook. I would like to do Craig Harmann’s social media fast. But not this weekend lol. Gonna try next one.


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