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Lessons from two and a half years without social media

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

Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

Isn't it ironic that there are apps designed to help us navigate our addiction to the digital world? Fight fire with fire, I guess. Anyway, as mentioned in previous posts (here for instance), it is entirely impossible for me to use willpower or self-control to manage the time and energy I spend on mindless online activities. … Continue reading Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Addiction, for the most part, is escapism. Most addictions are the result of individuals trying to escape the unappealing realities of life, be it pain, loss, emotional turmoil and suffering. Pretty much anything can become an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and video games, if used excessively as a coping mechanism. The widely … Continue reading Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

Once upon a time, a high-school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, and comparing herself to people online. Everyone nods in agreement relating to the … Continue reading Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions