I am doing an experiment by cutting off all social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) for the month of February, and maybe beyond that. Social media is a relatively new concept but more and more data is coming through on the impact of social media use. The results are not encouraging! More and more studies point to the use of social media leading to increased levels of anxiety and depression in our teenagers and yoing adults today. I fear to think of the fallout on society as a result of social media in another 10 years! I will make an effort to use the time not spent on social media on buddhism , mindfulness and meditation instead. I will keep an account of changes I observe, such as improved concentration in meditation etc.
Recently people who used to work with the social media giants have gone on record stating their big worries about the negative effects of social media. Interestingly some of the top employees in both FB and Twitter dont allow their own children use social media. That says a lot. Not being overly dramatic but the fallout from social media overuse is and will be huge. It is changing the very fabric of our society. I look forward to reporting on my levels of concentration and mindfulness and alertness as I go through the month of February.