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a return to Instagram

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I have decided to start using it again. I’m not proud of it, but I need to tap into every resource at my disposal in my search for creative work. Along with the other social media channels, Instagram will be a way for me to funnel traffic to my website. If you can’t beat ’em – join ’em! Who knows, I might even become an influencer?

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I quit WhatsApp

Today I finally took the plunge and closed my WhatsApp account once and for all. I will continue to extricate myself from the Facebook ecosphere, with Facebook and Instagram being next on my hit list. First, I need to download my data from each account before changing the account name. The name change is to preserve my Insta-handle in case I decide to rejoin at a later date.

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take control

The Center For Humane Technology can help you to break free from your social media driven smartphone addictions.

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Jaron Lanier Fixes The Internet

I’m reading his books at the moment, you should check this out!

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FCUK Social Media – Redux

The more I think about it, the more I want to take a month away from using social media, and from using my smartphone. If I am going to get Karta to spend one day-per-week without using his phone and social media accounts, I need to lead by example.

The only reason that I will pick up my smartphone will be to check my WhatsApp messages I can check my emails and Signal messages on my PC. I am also working to move most of my email over to Protonmail from Outlook, although this will take some time to complete.

The Punkt MP-02 will become my device of choice for making phone calls and for sending SMS messages. I have a decent compact digital camera for when I want to take photos.

Ultimately, I will stop using products from companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft. I am now taking time to seek out software from companies that have strong privacy values and will not share any of my information with third parties of any kind. Although rare, they are becoming easier to find.

I am making a concerted effort to slow down. I don’t need to check my email every five minutes. I don’t need push notifications, and I do not need social media.

That is all.

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In fact, I think that I should add a 7 day social media detox into my week long fast. The urge to purge is so very strong at the moment. I have managed to whittle down the amount of friends that I have on Facebook to just 25 and my Twitter to just 99. Instagram is proving to be harder to trim, but again, if I can get the number of accounts that I follow below 100, I’ll be happy.

My ultimate goal is to stop using social media more than a couple of times per week. After all, I have this blog for spewing nonsense into the world.

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Join me on VERO.

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https://vero.co/hackett

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Delete your account: leaving Facebook can make you happier, study finds

Guardian article

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66: The Tweet Reduction

I’ve had a massive clear out of my Twitter account over at  @jphackett

Several years worth of tweets have been thrown into the digital skip and sent away for burning.

The reasons for this are twofold, firstly, I am trying to keep my use of social media to the absolute bare minimum; and secondly, I will only be posting my content to Twitter from now on, so having a clean canvas felt like the right thing to do.

I have switched off Instagram, and I had already left Facebook, back at the start of April, which has been a revelation.

 

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62: Relativity

I have decided to try to reduce the amount of time that I sit in front of my computer every day.

I want to post relevant things to this blog, but I will limit doing so to just once a day via my PC.

The WordPress Android app is an excellent way to be able to create post drafts, so by combining the app and by using a notebook to capture my thoughts throughout the day, I hope to minimise my screen time.

Hopefully, that will free up some time for me to catch up on the pile of books that I have got to read.

I am still on the fence about Twitter and Instagram. Both of those platforms will be placed into hibernation for a bit so that I can take a while to think through what I am going to do with my digital life.

I said back at the start of the year that I will be turning my back on the traditional social media channels; I am hoping that will be the case by the end of the year.

For now, though, I have a Fortnite birthday party to organise.

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30: The ‘sharent’ trap – should you ever put your children on social media?

The ‘sharent’ trap – should you ever put your children on social media?

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/24/sharent-trap-should-parents-put-their-children-on-social-media-instagram?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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26: Social media copies gambling methods ‘to create psychological cravings’

Social media copies gambling methods ‘to create psychological cravings’

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/08/social-media-copies-gambling-methods-to-create-psychological-cravings?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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21: The Enlightened Hermit

“It will be social suicide; you will disappear, and no one will know who you are!”
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17: Be a Deletist

https://deletist.xyz/

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16: Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law

Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/19/facebook-moves-15bn-users-out-of-reach-of-new-european-privacy-law?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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9: Fcuk Facebook

The 1st of April 2018 has been in my sights for a few weeks now; it is the day I finally quit Facebook forever.

There’s not much to say about this decision. For a couple of years now I have been procrastinating about quitting social media, or at the very least severely curbing my use of it.

So, I decided that enough was enough. I have been spending far too much time sitting at my computer, mindlessly trawling through my timeline and staring at a screen filled with the same old shit.

Except for Instagram, I deleted all social media apps from my phone. This was partly down to the immense amount of battery life they consumed, but mostly it was because of the constant notifications that were appearing. I turned off those notification features, but it was all too easy to open one of the apps, just to see what was happening in the world. They had to go.

Too many times in the past I have jumped off of Facebook, but only ever temporarily. I chose just to deactivate my account, rather than hit delete. Today though, I took the plunge.

For the first time in a long, long time, I had no reason to take my smartphone out with me. I didn’t need anything it could offer, aside from being able to make a phone call. Instead, I set up a call divert feature and took my Punkt dumb-phone out with me instead. I didn’t have to look at it once.

I’m going to keep my Twitter account active, although I will not be using it unless I need to find something out quickly or send a direct message to a follower or a company that I follow. I’ve changed the settings on that account to make it private and have done the same thing with my Instagram account.

The next phase of my digital spring clean will be to quit watching the news, either on TV or via the internet. I’m not burying my head in the sand; I’m just trying to see what difference it makes to me on a daily basis. I have a feeling that I will have more time to focus on getting healthy and spending quality time with family and friends.

I honestly believe that news and social media in the digital age have conspired to make me into a grumpy old curmudgeon. Well, enough of that shit, here’s to the new me!

Until next time, adieu.