For three weeks I have been of the Instragam. I had actually uploaded a photo on Monday, but I was just testing if I can upload photo from my desktop. I can. Besides that I have also uninstalled Facebook and Flickr apps from my cell phone. The idea was to disconnect from social media accounts on the cell phone. And to stop viewing photographs on my cell phone. Because by looking at photos on phone screen, in my opinion, we are not able to value viewed photos. Because, we virtually consume visual content every minute with no time to stop. We are overdosed and flooded. One photo is replaced by another one in next moment. Yesterday’s photo is forgotten, because it is replaced by today’s fresh meat. Visual content is everywhere. So, we are loosing a sensitivity to the content that we see. And as we are loosing sensitivity, we moving towards photos that are more visually striking. That are appreciated and valued by majority.
And this goes, hand in hand, with algorithms that social media works with. Only the engineers /creators knows exactly how news feed on Facebook/Instagram selects the content. How one post gets in front another to reach your attentions. One is clear, it has many factors, and we can’t really influence how it works. And, obviously, it is leading to thrown the user into the social bubble. This is not necessarily bad as long as you want to look at the world through rose-tinted glasses.
It has been difficult, because I had developed strong habit and addiction on instant presence on social media through the phone.
What happened after this step?
- I feel as if I was missing or loosing something
- I gained time (a lot of time)
- My phone battery is on 60 % before going to bed. Before this experiment it would be around 15 % in the afternoon and it needed to be recharged.
- As a methadone, I downloaded Solitare card game app to my phone. When I feel urge to click on my phone. I would play cards for a while. And I read more on-line news as a substitute for social media. Which is not ideal, because today’s news doesn’t make me happy.
So, that’s where it is now. I am happy to continue with this blog.
Chinless and wild
Tomorrow will be
I think people needed firewood. It makes sense.
On a frozen dam in January.
My daughter (on the right) with her two friends on a frozen dam.