Yesterday, I forgot to take my phone out in the morning when I rushed to my lecture. In hindsight, it was probably the best decision I’ve made all week. Despite spending the first 10 minutes retracing steps in my mind in an attempt to work out if I put it in my bag or not, for the remainder I was reasonably focussed, especially in contrast to my usual concentration levels.
Managing 3 hours made me wonder if I could perhaps manage 24? A week? A year? And better yet, if I would even want to?
Australian teenager, Essena O’Neill, was recently in the news for quitting Instagram and claiming social media ‘is not real life’. In her first post, dated 31 October, she challenged her followers to go without social media, and recommended Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now.
But would anyone actually take up the challenge?
Out of curiousity, I asked my Twitter followers whether they’d willingly go without it for one day.
— Rae Coppola (@raethedeer) November 19, 2015
Two thirds of people said yes, I’ll admit I’m part of this fraction, but would the voters actually manage the entire day? Would they have a sneak peak? Would they use someone else’s social media account? Is it even possible to go a full day without seeing some sort of platform?
I’m glad we have people who have the strength to say they are quitting social media on social media and then never really quit– DIY heroes!
— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) November 19, 2015
Those that said no: Is there a justified reason? Do they have it to stay in touch with people they otherwise couldn’t? Otherwise: has social media taken over their life? Are they not willing to even try?
I sure will at some point in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for when the time comes and I write about it.
Let me know if you’ve already tried going back to basics, I’d love to know how it went.