How to stay connected post-social media

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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 good at maintaining constant communication with people.

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Look up!

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Photo by Jázon Kováts on Unsplash

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 never noticed before that moment.

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It’s time for a digital detox

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Photo by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash

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 escape the discomfort of dealing with my reality.

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The internet provided an easy and fast escape from my emotions.

I unblocked Safari. I binged on articles, blogs, forums, and YouTube videos for hours. I stayed up all night on my phone until I fell asleep from exhaustion. I relapsed to being an information junkie.  

My phone became an emotional crutch, dutifully providing comfort and escape, one article (and another inspiring blog post!) at a time.

I wouldn’t have been inspired to write this post if it didn’t dawn on me yesterday that I’m experiencing physical effects from my excessive digital use. 

My eyes feel strained. I feel lethargic. I have constant minor headaches. I feel aimless if I’m not glued to a screen. I can’t fall asleep without my phone. Few of the many reasons I have been practising digital wellness for the past few years. 

I knew it was time for a digital detox.

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Laugh or log off

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Photo by Dan Cook on Unsplash

Once upon a time, when a fan accused Rihanna of being insensitive for a meme she shared on her Instagram, Rihanna responded with, ‘laugh or log off.’

Discovering this gem a few days ago reminded me of another one from Tyler, The Creator. He tweeted,

Hahahahahahahaha How The F**k Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha N***a Just Walk Away From The Screen Like N***a Close Your Eyes Haha.

— Tyler, The Creator.

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Without minimizing the issue of cyberbullying, Tyler, The Creator had a point that completely changed the way I viewed my relationship with social media.

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Event recap: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture

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Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.

— JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, THE MINIMALISTS

This past weekend, Toronto’s Digital Minimalism Meetup Group held our second event, practicing digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture.

The event centered around discussing the challenges of the digital world and practical ways to implement digital minimalism to fit our lifestyle.

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Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

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.

The brain wants to avoid discomfort as much as possible so it will coax us back to the couch, our screens and comfort.  In comparison to digital distractions, everything else seems to require far too much effort.

It is simply too enticing to be idle and scroll through easy entertainment for instant gratification than to get up and do things that require effort, no matter how beneficial they may be.

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Upcoming event: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture

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Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.

— JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, THE MINIMALISTS

Join us for a discussion on how we can incorporate digital minimalism in practical ways that fit our lifestyle perfectly!

We will explore ideas to help us cultivate a sustainable digital minimalist lifestyle, including the importance of solitude, the necessity of cultivating high-quality leisure to replace mindless browsing and joining the attention resistance movement.

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What I’ve learned from not browsing on my phone for a month

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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

I have been meaning to write a follow-up to my digital minimalism challenge post for the past two weeks now but there is always something easier to do, something more fun, at a tap of a screen.

Most can relate to the challenge of distracting apps and platforms that clutter our lives and make it harder to focus our attention on things we value.

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Kill your phone

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Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I’ve finally managed to kill my phone.

My phone, in all its capabilities and glory, bores me to tears these days.

I killed my phone two weeks ago when I deleted the Safari app, the only app left on my phone that kept me glued to the screen. 

Besides its basic features, like texting, making phone calls, and taking pictures, the most entertaining app on my phone right now is the Hoopla app, a digital platform for borrowing books from the public library.

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