Action Day: Social Media Purge Sunday


#1

Hey NoSurfers,

I just wanted to float the idea of Action Days around the community. These Action Days will be centered around a single goal to help you reduce your mindless use of the internet and/or cellphones.

I was thinking Sundays could be “Social Media Purge Sundays”. Everyone with a social media account has at least a few embarrassing or unflattering photo of them online or a cringe-worthy comment they’ve made in the past and no longer agree with. I challenge you to go through your social media account and remove, un-tag and delete from your profile. See if you can reduce the number of photos of you online by half.

I bet you also have some friends online who are constantly popping up in your news feed with all sorts of madness and you are ever so curious about what this person is up to. I encourage you to banish that person from your news feed. In reality, you were probably never going to engage with them again. Try to reduce your news feed to only your closest friends and family that you keep in touch with regularly.

Finally, please turn off notifications on your phone (or better yet, delete the phone app)!

I certainly understand sentimental goofy and unflattering photos and I encourage you download them and save them locally or on cloud storage for safety. The idea of this Action Day is to decrease that feeling of attachment you have to your social media profile.

These are the steps I took to reduce my dependency on Facebook before I ultimately worked up enough courage to delete my account.

I wish you luck, please share your thoughts and successes!

-SVD

P.S. Please let me know if you have a better name.
P.P.S. I hope you all are looking forward to the next action day, Turn Off Your Phone Tuesday.
P.P.P.S. Sorry the post is so late in the day. Feel free to continue celebrating Social Media Purge Sunday into Monday. Other than that, try to stay off social media :wink:


#2

This is actually a great idea and will help those who haven’t already quit social media make the decision to do so.

One of the reasons Facebook and other social media sites are always asking you to add friends or upload photos is it creates the “investment” effect. The more friends you have the more photos you have the harder it is for you to walk away from their apps. It’s a bit like if you’ve been living in a home for 10 years and it’s full of furniture and family photos, it’s a lot harder for you to walk away from it.

So you can apply the philosophy of minimalism to your social media to reduce the investment effect. Go through your friends list and start to unfriend people that you don’t really need to be connected to. Start going through your old photos and untagging or deleting them to minimize your investment in facebook or instagram.


#3

Hey NoSurfers,

It’s Sunday again, time to reduce your presence on Social Media and decrease the investment effect!

Some goals you can set for yourself to decrease usage of social media are:

  • Un-tag yourself from and delete pictures (Feel free to download and save them though)
  • Delete old posts and comments
  • Remove people from your news feed
  • Unfriend people you no longer talk to
  • Turn off notifications on the phone app
  • Delete the phone app

Good luck! I hope this helps you reduce your attraction to social media.

-SVD


#4

What I have done in the past 5 years is that I have stopped posting all vacation pictures. I used to get severe FOMO looking at vacation photos of my friends. So I unfollowed the ones who take very frequent vacations. I prefer sharing my vacation pics with my closest family on whatsapp rather than facebook now. The only photos that i post on facebook are to do with pacts that I am working on which require me to post updates and craft projects that I am working on. Also, I write poetry when I am low on spirits and now I post those too. Because people on facebook should realise that everyone’s life is not as picture perfect as their timelines pretend it is! I really wish we could go back to the times of physical copies of photo albums that we sued to keep for ourselves and showed to family and friends if they were interested.


#5

Excellent, it sounds like you are in tune with the negative effects social media has on you and have already taken action to mitigate them.

What are pacts?

Social media can be a great tool to spread your work and grow a business so I would consider those responsible uses.

Also, my Aunt makes photo books for my Grandmother with services like Shuterfly so you can still do that :wink:


#6

About a week ago some family friends and I went through a photo album of my baby pictures.

There’s something about having the physical picture that makes the memories much more “special”…I don’t get the same experience looking through pictures on my iPhone. I think when compared to the physical world there are so many components that make up the experience that just can’t be captured on a screen. I think about it like running on a treadmill vs. running outside in nature.

One thing I’m thinking about doing is getting a photo printer and actually printing all the pictures I take on my iPhone. I actually want to look back upon them one day not just have them sitting around in “the cloud”.