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Quitting social media isn't easy because as long as you are connected to the internet, the internet will find a way to ensnare you in some form or another.
Okay, there are 30,000 hours of newly uploaded content per hour on YouTube. That’s almost 3½ years worth of video added to the bottomless internet pit every hour. This literally means that you will never, ever, catch up with how much content there is out there. And that’s just YouTube alone.
The trick here is not to squeeze in more in the hours of the day (it’s not possible anyway), but to work with “what I want”.
We can’t change the number of hours in the day, nobody can. The only thing we can change is how much time we sleep, and other things we do on a daily basis. So we need to really ask ourselves, are we willing to give up sleep, work, and connecting with people, to consume that much more content to catch up with all this stuff that is put out into the world? Probably not.
So the only thing that we can change is choosing what we want to consume.
The first step is to acknowledge that you can never finish watching every video, TV show, or movie you want in the world. You can never finish reading every book you want. You can never finish scrolling through every page on Reddit. There’s just too much and you have to accept that there are just some things in this world that you are going to miss out on.
And that’s okay.
The second step is to have priorities to what you consume. This is to be conscious of what you really want to consume, and not just because it’s there. It’s very tempting to let the YouTube recommended videos or autoplay decide for you what to watch next. But if what’s there is not the priority of what you want to consume, don’t do it.
We can’t expect ourselves to be able to resist triggers if we don’t train our nervous system to handle these triggers.
These triggers could just be as simple as the tempting infinite scroll, or the eye-catching thumbnail of a YouTube video. The ones that trigger your dopamine response to want to consume and satisfy the curiosity that has been planted in you.
Meditation at the start of your day can help inject some calm throughout your day and make you less jittery.
Like it or not, “content” is here to stay. As long as we progress technologically in this information age, where content is king, we have to live with it. Even this stash, it's content.
So our duty to ourselves is to find the content that energizes us, content that we choose to consume, so we don’t fall into the infinity of the internet. We have to make peace with how we will never experience all that is out there, and that’s okay.
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