The year I slowly became more active on social media and spent less time doing what I truly love. Social media has helped my career beyond belief in the past few years (now 2021). However, it took me 5 years to realize I enjoyed having a much reduced social presence. My day job has always been IT or security-related, and I always enjoyed spending my downtime learning to code and tinkering with hardware, working on creative technology projects. I never watched TV or movies, just occasionally. I spent more time feeding into my creative side and increasing my knowledge on art, history, and psychology (when I wasn’t learning something tech-related of course).
Welp, I’m going back to “back in the days”!
Through 2021+ I am taking a journey of…
- digital minimalism
- setting boundaries
- communication overload
- from folks who can be overly obsessive and aggressive about communication response times
- from folks who feel entitled to others time, money, life, etc
- taking a step back from social media
- moving more towards privacy-first life
- pursuing authentic experiences and relationships.
Background & Resources
I decided to begin a minimalistic lifestyle in ~2015, and later digital minimalism around 2019. However, the decision to share and write about this journey was more so recently inspired by…
& because I am a infosec & privacy geek – pretty much everything related to privacy and controlling my data, interaction, and presence on the internet
I’ll share more weekly throughout August. Thanks for following along!
I own 4 technical devices. I use only 1 daily.
I do not have any social media apps on my cellphone.
All mobile and desktop notifications are disabled, at all times. Except for my calendar app. Yes if someone REALLY with a true EMERGENCY wants to reach you, they will call.
I use 2 email services.
I check email 1-2 times a day. Yes, that’s it.
I check my messages occasionally.
… more when I share posts on this
Family, Friends, Foe’s, Nosey folks, and Professional Gossipers
If you have written me on Facebook, IG, Whatsapp, or Telegram – there’s a 98% chance I have not seen your messages. I have deleted all social media apps from my cellphone and only check 3 specific communication applications occasionally.