Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Adios Social Media

Before Thanksgiving, I deactivated my Facebook account and deleted both Instagram and Twitter apps from my phone. I was spending so much time refreshing my feeds and escaping into a soundbite or a quick update that I wasn’t focusing on all the things I’d like to do in my day. With endless scrolling, I felt I was held captive to an artificial quota – to keep up to date. I was off Wednesday which allowed me to play with Sloan all day. I didn’t miss my phone at all. On Thursday, I focused on my family and conversation rather than trying to share the moments with the world via social media. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the freedom I felt was palpable. I was able to think through fully formed thoughts – an admittedly ridiculous notion – which has been a relief. More importantly, the constant interruption to my thinking has ceased. I’m not planning on going back. I don’t know that I’ll miss it. A blissful weekend.

One year working out

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