I’m Deleting Social Media in 2020

On January 5, 2020, I will delete all social media apps from my phone, and will be blocking most of their web equivalents on my laptop at the same time.

(Why not New Year’s? Reasons, that’s why. Or, more accurately, I won’t have access to all of my devices on New Year’s and I want to ensure I can get everything removed in one go.)

Research has been in pretty strong agreement that social media can be bad for your mental health and can be extremely distracting. While I currently feel like I’ve taken some steps to limit my exposure, and just about everything in my day-to-day life is going quite well, I’d rather opt out of the social media mess – especially as we head into an election.

So, effective January 5, 2020:

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube, and LinkedIn will be deleted from my phone.
  • I will be blocking the web versions of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on all of my devices.
  • The web versions of LinkedIn, YouTube, and Reddit will not be blocked on my home laptop, but will have time tracking extensions set up on them (so that I can track how long I’m there).
  • Snapchat does not have a web version; it’s mobile only.
  • Facebook Messenger will stay installed.
  • I will receive email notifications for important events such as friend requests and event invitations.

What does this mean for you?

  • The best way to reach me is via text or email. I respond to messages as quickly as I can, which is usually within a minute or two.
  • Facebook Messenger will remain on my phone as a last resort and for folks who don’t have my number. FBM can be weird about notifying me sometimes, so please use text or email if you can.
  • Event invitations and friend/connection requests will still get through, but I won’t be responding to those as quickly as I have in the past.

By the way: you may have noticed that I don’t write on friends’ walls on their birthdays. Call me old school, but I’m a huge fan of a direct text or call.

Have a safe and happy New Year, whether that involves social media or not.

<3, T

Posted by Tate Bosler