jusummerhayes

Sidetracked by social media

“[W]hat we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore—plays in defining the quality of our life.”
Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

GUILTY AS CHARGED!

I realise, for the second day in a row, that I've chosen to write about something that's hardly new, less still revelatory. And likewise, it's an easy target.

We all know this right? 

Social media is (or can be) a fu*king waste of time.

Oh. Yes. It. Is.

It's a sinkhole, and one, very often, we can't escape.

But it occurred to me, as I lay awake at just after 4.30 am, how little time I'd spent looking at the alternative. What's that? Well, I might delete all profiles or stop opening them and/or sharing material, but the truth is I've got nothing else as compelling to hold my attention.

Now, I'm not sure if I should weep or be angry at that statement. I mean, surely my life isn't or shouldn't be defined by a bit of knob-twiddling, blog-sharing, or whatever else shows up between now and the end of my days? Perhaps there's no escaping it; or perhaps I shouldn't be so down on myself. It's part of life, right? 

I don't know. Seriously, I don't know. 

But one thing I'm desperately trying to do is to stop aimlessly surfing the social media airwaves as if something of import is going to show up. Instead, as well as my legal work (it's quiet at the moment in case you hadn't noticed), I'm trying, again, to be disciplined about my writing and reading time. It's the latter, actually, that's really grabbed my attention. I'm into the writings of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens right now. I know, where have I been or what have I been doing for the last decade? Messing about on social media🤣🤣.

Trust me — no, I mean really trust me — it's pi**-easy to write about the addiction of social media but much harder to effect meaningful and long-lasting change! I should know by dint of the number of times I've tried to slay the hydra. 

Perhaps there's part of me that's not ready to give up completely on all the good that I've taken from engaging with social media but there again, I think it's at least arguable if the benefits outweigh the huge life-draining downside that, if you're not careful, social media can become. 

Much to consider. 

Much to ponder. 

But I think, given my proclivity in the space, it only right I publicly reaffirm that my mind's not completely made up thatI need to spend as much or any time in the space. Oops, does that mean I'm about to kill off Livejournal? I don't think so. I enjoy the writing and engagement too much. What a hypocrite. I know. Terrible. Practically blasphemous.

How say you?

Is social media the devil incarnate or a genuine force for good?

(Blimey, it sounds like I've got social media Tourettes the number of times I've said it. Apologies to those people who suffer with it — Tourettes that is not social media addiction!)

As they say, it's a wrap.

Time to get with the Summerhayes and Alfie early-morning programme.

Love you all ❤️.

Ju.

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