I went dark on the internet a few years ago. I took social apps off my phone, unfollowed everyone, the whole shebang. This was without a doubt a good decision. I’ve been happier and have had better control over my time since. Many others have done this and are doing this. A generation of modern wannabe monks.
But even as my personal wellness grows, I see a risk in this change.
I’m currently on a, for the lack of a better word, digital detox, inspired by the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. (Yes, I’m still allowed to use my blog. My detox, my rules.) Over the past years I have deleted social apps on multiple occasions but never for long. This time it’s at least for this month. While I’m enyoing the more quite and focused time so far I also wonder what negative sides it could bring with it. It’s not only the fear of missing out on something, but also the question what will happen if everyone pulls back and hides away from public spaces. On the other hand, my blog is a public space and everyone is welcome here. The digital detox is also not only about eliminating social media from my life. Anyway, there’s a lot to think about here and I thought this article was interesting.