Since I was a young teenager, the internet has been a large part of my life. I’ve always been an avid consumer of whats on the net, I cord cut cable before it was cool, I played MMOs that were text based before World of Warcraft, I’ve digitized my DVD library before streaming services came around, I even used my PC to text my friends before smart phones were big. I’ve always been big into tech and gadgets, and there has been very few times in my life I wasn’t connected to the internet. Now I have two discord servers, Twitter, Facebook, Gab, PlayStation, Xbox Live and steam, all with different friends, and different people contacting me all the time. I haven’t even watched a YouTube video. I don’t really use Facebook anymore, it’s pretty much there for personal friends to contact me. All the others I use pseudo-names, mostly to keep my family from being harassed, and the anonymity lets me express things I normally would filter. For example, I’m pretty politically open on Twitter, but not on Facebook, for reasons like those found here.
Well for the last two weeks, I didn’t log into any of those (with the exception of my PlayStation, but I didn’t play any social games like Warframe like I normally do). You could call it a internet cleanse, and I honestly don’t really want to go back to being a heavy user of some of these services like I used to be. I feel a lot less stressed, I am more focused at work, I feel more positive and motivated everyday. The constant barrage of news seems to have caused such a drain on my mental state prior to these last couple weeks. And what did I miss? People are still freaking out about the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination. People are still freaking out that Trump is the President. Everyone is still a racist and Russian bot. Nothing has changed, all the outrage is still there, yet I feel better and happier.
I’m here to proclaim that news fatigue is real, and everyone should do themselves a favor and take some time out of Social Networks. Use the time to meditate, clean your room, ask your spouse some questions, play with your kids, talk with your parents. There are more pressing issues in life than what Trump tweets.