Chris McMichael

Life With Less Social Noise

In my last blog post I talked about the changes that I wanted to make in my life to free up time being spent on social networks. I mentioned logging out of social networks after each usage to serve as a reminder not to waste time. In theory, it sounded like a great idea. In practice, it didn’t really work. I even found a chrome extension called Simple Blocker which prevents viewing socially addicting websites. The reality is that we live in a socially rich era which requires us to stay plugged into our social networks.

According to this article, the average user spends more than 2-3+ hours on social networks. Why are people offering up so much of their time to meanless activities? Or do these activities really provide value? So far I haven’t found any extra value in my life. My problems was getting sucked into online debates which never provided resolve. Topics such as racism, gun control, political garbage, hatred, anger, an so on… How I fixed social addiction was easier than I thought.

Instead of getting caught up in those posts that waste my time. I found this little triangle in the upper right corner of each post.

When clicked a dropdown appears.

I don’t necessarily want to unfollow a particular user. If there is a post that will end up wasting my time, I will choose to hide it. There’s even an option to hide all from a given media source. This feature has changed my life! I recommend other to try it out. It really cuts down on the noise. It’s not that events in our media don’t matter but when it’s the first thing that is blasted when you open your news feed. It gets old. I’m glad to finally be seeing the things on facebook that actually matter, what’s going on in friends lives.