One month — No News, no Social Media

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Hiatus-Schmiatus?

It was not the first time I went on a hiatus, but it was the most restrictive (and freeing) so far!

News-topia

I study the political landscapes of western countries for seven years now. Seven. Fucking. Years! I focused on the state of the USA and Canada, took notes and compared how far down the road we are in Germany (yeah, I live there).

Social Media Extravaganza

With social media (Insta Reels, Youtube shorts, obsessive views and like control after a post and so on) it was the same, but different. We all know how quickly “let me watch a few reels” become hours and hours of scrolling time goes down the drain. “One more reel” never felt more like a lie.

  • 2.500 Tweets
  • containing approx 100.000 words

A scary formula

Admittedly, April never repeated but still, I stayed active and here we have the recipe for mental disaster.

Political News + Anti-Social-Justice-Warrior Twitter activities
= mental decline!

Especially Twitter, I have to point this out, really escalated my decline.

Breaking Point(-s)

Finally, in June I decided to put a stop to it! I decided to stop watching news, at all, no more social media (no posts, no scrolls, no nothing!). And I did it. And honestly, it wasn’t even that hard. I guess there really is a breaking point, where the suffrage you endured makes the suffrage you endure while “de-toxing” looks insignificant.

What did I learn out of it.

1. You can totally exist without News and Social Media

I know, it’s unbelievable. If you can cope with the disgusted looks of the people around you when you state that you don’t care anymore about anything that’s happening outside of your literal reach. News are instances of situations that are out of our control. Period! Knowing about them doesn’t do anything else than to keep you informed about what’s happening in the world. And they will leave you scared or worried or unsettled… always! There is nothing to gain, nothing to change, just something to put on your back that you are helplessly extradited to, that affects you no matter if it is 1 mile away or 1000 miles.

2. It actually frees capacities

Let me elaborate! My mind is free! It’s free of worry of a war that I can’t do anything about. It’s free of Corona and the panic-inducing horror stories about a pandemic that stopped being one. It’s free of anything horror-related that people are capable of, which only purpose for being broadcasted isn’t to have you educated but scared shitless — and that’s the best-case scenario.

3. There’s no turning back

Seriously! For now I’m over it! At least the news-side of the story. I just don’t need it, I don’t even care, honestly. If stuff will affect me I will have to deal with it, I won’t waste my time sitting in suffering and waiting for things of which most of them will never arrive at my door. It’s literally as easy as that. I rather spend my time thinking about my possibilities than about what situation at some place on earth might possibly (but probably not) affect my life.

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