Why I unfollowed you

It’s not personal, it’s just that my addiction to checking social media has been distracting me from doing important work.

I deleted social media apps from my phone but I was still addicted to checking them on desktop, so now I’ve muted/unfollowed everyone on Twitter and Facebook so that my social media feeds appear blank. I still want to see what you’re up to, but now I can choose when I want to look rather than be addicted to looking.

I understand if you perceive my act as an assault against your very being, since Silicon Valley has trained us to think of a ‘mute’ or ‘unfollow’ as a negative status symbol. But in fact, the very opposite is true. I want fewer distractions so I can make my work better for you. I do not want to be tempted to walk away from a coaching session to check Twitter.

Frankly, we have no idea what the long-term effects of social media use are on the brain. In fifty years we could look back on social media in the same way we now look back on cigarettes: “It seemed harmless at the time.”

With my newfound free time I started sending out a weekly e-mail to early subscribers about something I’m doing that week to live a better life. I will announce the e-mail campaign formally in the coming months, but if you want to start getting the beta version you can sign-up here: https://goo.gl/CGLYYT

And if you want to mute/unfollow everyone too but still want this blog, you can subscribe by e-mail in the upper right-hand corner.

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