It was a nice weekend.
G had her 18 month well child check (3 weeks late) and weathered the experience well (2 vaccines + a routine blood check – fun). She is 32.5″ long (66%) and 25 lb (75%). And as you can probably tell, she enjoys her life very much.
Other than her doctor’s appointment, we didn’t do all that much this weekend. Josh and I did get in a date night (tasting menu at Macchialina with friends!), and I napped while G slept (both days!).
I also spent a lot of time ruminating on Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism. Honestly, I feel like I sort of awoke to the fact that Instagram has become very addictive and icky time sink for me over the past few years, insidiously replacing Facebook when I ceremoniously quit in 2016.
(Both are owned by Facebook, by the way. They are 2 versions of the same business plan.)
I say “icky” because on Instagram I have slowly accumulated all of these influencers on my feed. They are mostly women, many of them now claiming to be ‘small business owners’ when their main product is themselves/a fake curated lifestyle. Having a feed filled with these people is essentially watching commercials. Voluntarily. For hours.
And yet I was doing it. Because it’s designed to scratch a primal itch of comparison or consumption or . . . something. It’s such an easy escape. It’s ALWAYS THERE. And I’m realizing I’ve put so many hours into it and gotten so little out in return.
Well, I’m done. I will still post occasional things to Instagram — I think it’s a great medium to record scenes from a special trip, or do “day in the life” style captures once in a while. But I have reduced my ‘following’ list to only people I would feel comfortable texting in real life. Even though I love Autumn Calabrese and Gretchen Rubin, they don’t need to be on my personal Insta feed. If I want to check our their content, I can google it or search for it. (And honestly, I get enough of both of them though other media formats such as blog posts, books, or actual workouts, in the case of Autumn!).
I am also going to limit my Instagram consumption to the following for the month of July:
- I will check my personal Insta on Fridays only
- I will check my BOBW Insta on Tuesdays and Thursdays only (Tuesday to post the latest episode, Thursday to check in any episode-related comments)
I am also going to limit my other online activities and will track them closely. I hope that instead of donating my eyeball time to Facebook Inc I will find better things to do with it, like read or write or listen to music or just think.
Here we go, July!! Let’s do this.