For a long time, I’d keep my Instagram story “up to date”, regularly post on TikTok, and spend far too much of my day scrolling various feeds. Lately, I’ve been scaling that back. I know a number of people who’ve totally deleted their accounts, but for me that wasn’t quite desirable. I didn’t want to risk losing touch with people or what’s going on. Much as I don’t like it, a bunch of social organising has moved to social media.
Lots of my behaviours towards the consumption of social media were not what I regarded to be healthy. Much as it can be a useful tool, it is a tool that requires control; otherwise, it will use you.
I started off trying to limit things. I figured I could retain some of what I saw as upsides while reducing the downsides if I stuck to say, 15-30 mins a day.
After 30 minutes, the screen time limit pops up. Unfortunately, it’s easy to bypass - my poor impulse control and big-tech addiction soon got used to dismissing this without even noticing.