‘It’s so liberating’: The people quitting social media (BBC)

BBC: ‘It’s so liberating’: The people quitting social media. “When Gayle Macdonald reached a summit in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range earlier this year, she didn’t just stop and take in the moment. Instead, the 45-year-old did what a great many people would do – she looked for the best spot to take a selfie for her social media accounts. Gayle even admits that she moved dangerously close to the edge while doing so. It was after that moment, for which she was berated by her husband, that she decided to quit social media.”

Polygon: I Marie Kondo’d my entire internet presence, one account at a time

Polygon: I Marie Kondo’d my entire internet presence, one account at a time. “At first, each deletion was its own satisfaction, representative of taking back some parcel of attention I had thoughtlessly handed out. But the effort to extricate myself wasn’t always easy or satisfying. So many companies make it enormously difficult to delete your account. At its easiest, it meant navigating through obfuscating design to finally locate a ‘delete’ form. At its most frustrating, it meant numerous help desk tickets and phone calls, countless versions of ‘we’d hate to see you go,’ and disputes with my bank. Over time, the process morphed into more of a meditative ritual.” This was a great read. Nicole Clark was honest about the human foibles of her past self, which is not unusual, but she was also kind to her past self (instead of snarky or impatient or disbelieving), which is unusual. and […]

New York Times: It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

New York Times: It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.). “With the holiday season upon us, now is a good time to take a breather and consider a digital detox. No, that doesn’t mean quitting the internet cold turkey. No one would expect that from us right now. Think of it as going on a diet and replacing bad habits with healthier ones to give our weary eyes some much needed downtime from tech.”

Bustle: 7 Easy Ways To Detach Yourself From Social Media

Bustle: 7 Easy Ways To Detach Yourself From Social Media. “If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve likely — and somewhat ironically — seen your newsfeeds buzzing about the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. The docu-drama examines our relationship with social media, featuring interviews with tech experts who have worked everywhere from Facebook to YouTube to Pinterest. Their message is clear: social media is having an increasingly damaging impact on humanity. If you feel like you’re becoming more and more addicted to social media, the documentary is a healthy reminder why it’s necessary to take a step back from scrolling every so often.”

Medium: How to Start “Marie Kondo’ing” Your Facebook Account

Medium: How to Start “Marie Kondo’ing” Your Facebook Account. “Perhaps there are some groups that only meet on Facebook that you otherwise couldn’t participate in. Or maybe you currently use it for your business which makes it hard to leave altogether. If you don’t want to delete it just yet, how about giving it a ‘Marie Kondo’ makeover instead?” I have not deleted my Facebook account yet — please note that glares of icy contempt will be donated to charity if not claimed within 24 hours — but I did remove it from my phone. An excellent decision.

Digital Trends: Google releases 3 more Android apps to help you spend less time on your phone

Digital Trends: Google releases 3 more Android apps to help you spend less time on your phone. “Have you considered throwing your phone in an envelope to cut down on screen time? At least that’s what Google wants you to do with Envelope, one of the three experimental apps the company is releasing today. The new apps have emerged from the search engine giant’s Experiments With Google division and offer unorthodox solutions to help you spend less time staring at your phone.”

Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Twitter Addiction

Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Twitter Addiction. “Every year, for at least the past four years, I have resolved to spend less time on Twitter. This year, after trying and testing many different ways of avoiding the site (including an electric shock bracelet), I think I’ve finally got it figured out. If you also want to stay off Twitter this year, here’s what I’ve learned—and what I can recommend.”

BetaNews: New Year’s resolutions go digital as people vow to cut screen time

BetaNews: New Year’s resolutions go digital as people vow to cut screen time. “If you haven’t made or broken any New Year’s resolutions yet, here are some you might like to try. Research from Kaspersky indicates that 40 percent of people plan to change their digital lifestyle in 2020 with most aiming to reduce the time they spend with their gadgets.”

The Conversation: A month at sea with no technology taught me how to steal my life back from my phone

The Conversation: A month at sea with no technology taught me how to steal my life back from my phone. “A survey this year revealed that Australians, on average, spend 10.2 hours a day with interactive digital technologies. And this figure goes up every year. This is time we don’t get back. And our analogue lives, which include everything not digital, shrink in direct proportion. I recently decided to spend four weeks at sea without access to my phone or the internet, and here’s what I learnt about myself, and the digital rat race I was caught in.” He spent four weeks at sea AND ONLY BROUGHT FOUR BOOKS. Forget the phone, that’s the scary part.

‘Being offline is a massive luxury’: The case for a half-hearted digital detox (WAtoday)

WAtoday: ‘Being offline is a massive luxury’: The case for a half-hearted digital detox. “Man Repeller calls it being ‘medium online’. That is, the ability to use social media when it suits us, and disengage when it doesn’t. To decide our own boundaries around what we will and won’t share and reconfigure technology into our life in a way that is healthy and realistic. Consider it a half-hearted digital detox.”

Google Blog: Find a balance with tech using Digital Wellbeing Experiments

Google Blog: Find a balance with tech using Digital Wellbeing Experiments. “Today, in support of our efforts to extend our best practices to the community, we’re launching Digital Wellbeing Experiments—a platform to encourage designers and developers to build digital wellbeing into their products. Anyone can use the platform to share their ideas and experimental tools to help people find a better balance with technology. To kick it off, we created five helpful and even playful digital wellbeing experimental apps.”