Have you ever read something online, be it a Facebook post or a blog post, that made you feel extremely irritated and annoyed? Yesterday, I came across a somewhat silly but controversial topic on an online forum. Some of the comments, extreme in their outlook, elicited strong negative emotions in me. I felt personally attacked … Continue reading Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump
This post is for anyone who is considering quitting social media, curious about deleting their social media accounts, and/or is just intrigued about what life is like without social media in the 21st century. Roughly two and a half years ago, sometime in June 2017, I deleted my last standing social media account, Twitter. The … Continue reading Lessons from two and a half years without social media
Happy 2020! Reading more is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, and rightfully so. The benefits of reading are countless and impressive. At the beginning of 2019, I decided to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge as part of my new year's resolution. By December 30th of that year, I read … Continue reading How I read 37 books in 2019
"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection." - Johann Hari In a podcast episode by Your Undivided Attention, titled the Opposite of Addiction, Johann Hari makes the case that addiction, among other mental health issues, is a symptom of a deeper problem of a disconnected society (A must listen!). In other words, … Continue reading The opposite of addiction is connection
It has been approximately two years and three months since I deleted my last standing social media account, twitter, and embarked on living without social media. While I am by no means an expert on how to maintain an exuberant social life, I have managed a modest social life post-social media despite not being so … Continue reading How to stay connected post-social media
This past weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Nuit Blanche to see the art installations downtown Toronto, and in the process, we had a reality check about being. As we strolled through downtown, a friend says, "I never look up." At that statement, we all look up, observing buildings and structures we have … Continue reading Look up!
What if we were to value our attention like we value money? What radically changed my relationship with social media, or why I quit social media, was when I learned about the attention economy. Lucky for me, I have had a strong aversion to 'the system' as long as I can remember. I really am … Continue reading Value your attention
These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes. Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn't have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to … Continue reading It’s time for a digital detox