The Return of Me: what I learned from my social fast

Last month I took on my wife’s challenge to abstain from any social networking over the six weeks of Lent. Some thought it couldn’t be done but I endured and think I may have come through it a little wiser.

At first, it was a real mental struggle. I can remember the very first day when I almost broke out in a sweat when not checking in to my train station on Foursquare. I could sense the long road ahead and could feel all my social clout slipping away from me. This was no joke and it helped me realise just how addicted to it I was.

Fortunately, the initial day was the only real struggle. I was occasionally tempted by a few notifications slipping through on my phone but once they were all properly turned off it was surprisingly easy to leave it all behind, refreshing in fact.

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Addicted to Social Networking? I’m giving it up for Lent!

screenshot of how my profile now looksI’m sure a lot of us use social networking too much. By too much I mean using it,

  • for procrastination,
  • at inappropriate times and places,
  • first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

This is becoming the latest addiction for our generation, and although not as harmful as drugs or gambling etc, it can cause a disruption in your real life and actually make you less social with the people you see on a day to day basis.

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Sorting Spotify – A way to make your playlists more manageable

Spotify goes Social

Spotify has changed and it keeps getting better. For those not in the know, Spotify is a streaming music service. It’s like having the whole iTunes music store on your own computer. The cool thing is you can get all this for a low monthly subscription. You can also get it free with ads if you go for the new “Open” model (limited to 20 hours per month). I was quick enough to get in on the beta when it started up so I have it free and unlimited. I just have to put up with the occasional adverts [that’s what the mute button was made for 😉 ]. If I’m having a party or mates over for dinner I can get a 24 hour ad-free pass too. It seems like Spotify have a model for everyone. It’s a shame the “Open” model isn’t completely unlimited but if it keeps Spotify on the record labels’ good side (if they have one) then I suppose its justified.

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