Today I had a rather inspiring chat with my best friend. She has just come back from a three-week-trip in Nepal and apart from a very jealousy-inducing tan, she also brought some wisdom and insight.
She told me that she was suffering from a sort of "reversed cultural shock", regarding the speed of Innsbruck as rather overwhelming and, above all, she was utterly shocked how unhappy everyone here looked. She claimed (and I believe her) that, in the past three weeks, she hasn't encountered one grumpy, grim or nasty person in Nepal, even though most of these people have not even a quarter of the material wealth we people do.
This didn't surprise me, of course. We all know consumerism is a drug we have all been addicted to for far too long, but it was her notion of how the absence of social media has affected her life positively. So positively, actually, that she has decided to forego the whole experience altogether and stop checking her social media portals, and I want to try the same. With shock, I realised that, our of mere boredom, I check my social media threads about ten times a day, which is utterly stupid because most on it is bullshit. The flood of advertisement, promotions and people's updates we couldn't be less interested in we have to filter everyday is insane and it is no wonder we are all so drained of life energy when we are constantly reminded of how we should look, what we should eat and where this and that person has travelled again and you have not.
Enough of it, I say. I have ordered myself a social media break, commencing today. I will go cold turkey for a week and see how it goes, only using the platforms for promoting my articles (which other people are probably entirely not interested in and have to filter out of their threads) and have already deleted my Facebook icon on my phone. I am sure I will benefit from the experience, so if you are interested, why not join me and share your week with us here.
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