Yesterday in therapy I talked about how part of my stress over certain things were increased by stories friends shared on social media. They just happened to share a story about a topic that was part of my anxiety. For them it was “here is some interesting news I saw” while for me it was a “see, you are right to be stressed” moment. That was just a coincidence and the only way to avoid it is to disconnect completely. I don’t want to do that, so I need to try to make my online life more pleasant. I have done a few things already.
I unfollowed people on Facebook who only post divisive things. People on both sides of the politivl spectrum.
I muted a couple of words on Twitter – Trump and Covid.
I have started unfollowing people on Twitter who only post to push a political agenda.
I unfollow people who only retweet stories about Covid.
I wish there was an easy way to unfollow everyone and start over.
I need to work on limiting the amount of time I spend on Twitter and Facebook. Part of that is finding new places that aren’t just full of politics.
Instagram is good for avoiding the politics and enjoying photos from friends ,but I can only look at so many pictures.
Tik Tok is good for a laugh if I find the right people. Also, apparently Book Tok is a thing. I should look for those videos.
I need to play more with Clubhouse and find rooms that are entertaining.
I could be better at reading more blogs and participating in discussions in the comments.
What have you done to keep your online life from stressing you out? Any more app suggestions for me?