Create More. Consume Less.

I’m taking a break from Twitter, Facebook, App.net, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+, etc. for a while. The shear number of social networks I belong to is, in and of itself, a problem.

I love the discussions I have on them. I love what I learn from them. I love seeing what my friends are up to, how their kids are doing. But the reality is… it’s getting to be too much; too distracting.

So I join Jesse and Anton in beginning a social media hiatus as of today. I don’t know how long it will last. But I fully intend to spend more time creating instead of consuming. The only way to combat FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is to Force Ourselves to Miss Out (and hopefully come to the realization that we haven’t missed much at all).

7 Replies to “Hiatus”

  1. I, for one, am thinking that a redesign of my site is in order. Along with a waterfall of new art that I intend on creating. I’ve spent far too much time admiring the work of others, and lamenting the lack of my own gallery.

    Good luck, sir. We’ll stay in touch via email.

    1. I’ve got several things I’d like to finish. And I’d like to write and create more. I’ve already started trying to create a pattern/wallpaper a day. Who knows what else I’ll accomplish?

  2. I’ve found that reading and writing are the biggest victims of social media binging. However, don’t clutter up all the mental whitespace you’ll free up on your hiatus. You’re a designer, you know how effective some well-used whitespace can be…

    1. Funny you mention that. This weekend I took a break and read World War Z. It was one of the first non-web, non-design books I’ve read in quite some time.

      1. I read that recently as well. A bit sad the movie was nothing like the book. I imagined a thriller along the lines of Contagion. Instead it was a yawn-inducing story of one person. Meh.

        1. Thinking about it more, World War Z would make an amazing TV show, I think.

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