Social Media Declutter: My Change Log (2016-2018)
I have been decluttering my life for some years now. In terms of material possessions I have reached a point where I consider I have enough. I have the essential now. I have a capsule wardrobe that works for me. I don't own physical books or CD's anymore. I prefer not having decorations on the walls of my home.
Right now I am focusing on the less corporeal items of my life. I've been critically evaluating my online activity for quite a while now.
And the answer is “Yes, we are distracted!”. The combination of cellphones and social media has dramatically changed my behavior towards technology and that is scary! I love technology, don't get me wrong. I grew up in the non-digital world and I remember when I connected to the Internet for the first time. The Internet was a marvelous unexplored space with enormous possibilities. It meant freedom! Democratic access to information! Connection!
And now I feel entrapped when I am online. I feel like I don't have control. I feel like I am inside a weird experiment where my choices are not my own. I feel like a victim. So I decided to take some action!
My decluttering process was like this:
- Make a list of all the social media account that I have.
- Log into the accounts and check the status: Have I been using it? Do I like it? What do I use it for?
- Make a plan for each one of them, listing their purpose and what I want to do with them.
- Delete the accounts I no longer use or update.
- Reevaluate the accounts that I still use: can I unfollow/unfriend people/profiles? Delete/minimize the amount of information feeding my timeline.
- Repeat step 5 regularly (I did every 2 months from 2016 to 2018).