I’m returning to this forum and I originally posted here under a different username which I’ve deleted after going through a purge of many excess accounts across the internet.
I’m keeping track of my different surfing habits in a personal (handwritten) journal. I’m happy to report that I’ve achieved 38 days of not going on Reddit, 34 days of no news, and 27 days of no YouTube.
Ultimately, Reddit was my largest weakness and I’ve banned myself from ever going to that website again. I simply cannot have even a glimpse of a meme or a cat video. (I know this sounds ridiculous, but the endless scrolling invention really did destroy my self-control). I also banned myself from YouTube. I refuse to type it into a browser or even glimpse the website as well. The endless recommendations are hypnotizing and also destroy my willpower to resist watching hours of videos. Lastly, I’m opting out of any sort of news. I’m a reasonable intellectual kind of person, I graduated from college, I’m in grad school, I’m not suffering from any kind of severe emotional affliction, and yet the news cycle has the ability to completely destabilize me and derail me from my passions.
No more mass-shootings, no more wars, no more deaths, no more political upheavals. I choose not to be a part of that reality. Am I ignorant? No. Am I still passionate about human rights? Yes, of course, I love people. But, right now, I’m choosing my own human life. I hope the world can find a way to solve all sorts of problems as I do my best to be a good person. I also need hope for the future and contented happiness without the invasion of news about troublesome strange things that happen everyday in my very bizarre country (USA).
I’m never going to to win an argument against a bot/troll army. And internet journalism is simply terrible (misspellings, no human editors fact-checking the article). I’m literally sick of reading poorly written articles just so that I have a tidbit of information that lacks research, thought, and objective truth (objectivity used to be a goal of journalism… those of you who studied journalism might know that).
I’m not using social media, and sometimes I think about joining again to keep in touch with distant relatives. But, I really don’t want to be addicted… I honestly don’t want to know what every person I’ve ever met is doing… I don’t want to know that someone I went to middle school or summer camp with is dead, or married, or in rehab for the 10th time… Social media is weird.
At any rate, I check my email way too much. That’s my last vice.