Yesterday I deleted my Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Today I deleted my Instagram account. Tomorrow I am simplifying more of the social media that I use. I’ve done this more to focus on work that I want to do rather than participate in something that is there mostly to pass time when I am bored. I feel one thing that we do with the more and more social/mobile services that we (or at least me) adopt is that we are trying to forgo those times in our life when we are bored. I believe that I’m supposed to have times where there is boredom in my life. These are periods when creativity strikes and the more that I am trying to fill time, the less boredom that I have. I know that is primarily a problem of modern times: a problem where you actually want boredom over entertainment and distraction.
The reality is that I can publish what I want here on this site and I can communicate with people that I care about via phone, email, or SMS. The other side is that I have to evaluate whether each tool, app, or service is adding value to my life or am I adding value to it. Since most social services and apps are more of a distraction from work that I want to do, then why would I want to keep them around.
For a good talk on this subject, check out the video below from Cal Newport.
How much time do you spend on social media? How much time do you spend on mobile apps? Are you using them out of boredom? Do they distract from work that you want to do? Do they distract you from other life events?