Social Media Unplug

New Years Resolutions are still on the minds of people and the must common one according to the Daily Mail is to unplug from social media.

While I applaud the effort to make a positive changes in life I am also reminded of the fact that 88% of new years resolutions fail.

Basically like the resolution to lose 10 pounds, give up smoking, and others, the challenge to unplug from social media is doomed for failure even before the person has begun.

What is the better way?

Instead of unpluging the better way is to simply turn off the wifi. Creating the habit of turning off and turning on wifi means there is access to the desired information but also a delay in getting the information.

Perhaps having the few seconds will allow people the moment to wonder “is it really that important I know that status update from my best friend” or “do I need to know that score when my team is already in the playoffs?”

Maybe to  limit our use of social media we first have to question whether we are really gaining anything by knowing everything in real time.

 

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