STOPtober – a social media slant

So, it’s already October 1st (yikes!), and with the current fad of ‘rebranding’ months for various causes, I’ve decided to participate in STOPtober this month.  The only problem? I don’t smoke!

Taking it at a broader angle, STOPtober, can also be about crushing ANY habit that is proving bad for you, and not just cigarettes – I think that the NHS has missed a trick here.

My bad habit that I wish to break, without a doubt, is my frequent use of social media.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my social media contacts more than many people who I know in real life, but recently I’ve found that it’s become more of an effort rather than a ‘hobby’, and, to use an example, after my prescription post, I ended up having 4 mini-twitter ‘heated debates’ in about a 12 hour period – the end result being conversations that actually really really wound me up in real life/comments that I took very personally. I’m really pleased that my post provoked opinion, as intended, and so these conversations are absolutely just an example, and not a cause. That said, when elements of the Internet start to spill in to your home life, it’s a sign to step back I think.

Of course, it’s not just this, and I’ve been thinking of it for a while, as there are various other angles to social media and how it can sometimes make you feel, especially when you invest your life quite openly on it, as I think that I do, it’s sometimes hard when you don’t feel that you always get something back for those efforts. Simply, I’ve decided that the internet is having an adverse effect on how I am feeling in my ‘real life’ and I’m planning on stepping away for a bit to break the habit.

That’s not to say that I won’t still post occasionally, for example, I’m off to see LIZA on an E tonight, and will be reviewing that come the morning, and I will still probably post a few pictures from Disneyland, where I’m off to on Thursday, but by-and-by, I’m not going to be checking Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. I’ll probably still flick through Instagram as I like pictures of pretty lads obvs!!! 😉 ha!

It’s not an attention thing, by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just a ‘me’ thing – with everything that I have going on at the moment with my studies, health and other stuff, I just really need to be selfish and focus on myself for a while.

I’m 28 now, and I’ve spent around 15 years of my life ‘giving’ to social media – that says it all really!

The main thing that I want to stress is that I’m not shutting out friends that I have contact with via social media. I’m always available via email and text, so please, don’t take it personally/be a stranger!!

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About Gari

Thirty-One year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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