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Why I’m Taking a Social Media Break

OK – I’ll admit it – I am a social media addict.

I love it.

I love “engaging” with the platforms. Or just wasting time.

I think they are the same thing.

As I am working to get my book done, I find myself constantly distracted by social media. Especially Facebook. I love to debate with people on Facebook. It’s so much fun.

As I’ve been writing in Ojai, Jenna has noticed that my Facebook and social media addiction is really getting in the way of me getting this book done.

So, the other day she asked me a question, “How would you feel about giving up Facebook until your book is written?”

It was a scary thought. But that meant I knew I had to do it.

And so I did. Facebook and Twitter – gone.

I even installed an app called SelfControl that actually blocks those websites, so I can’t even visit them if I wanted to.

Like any other addiction I’ve kicked, it’s time to kick social media cold turkey and trade Facebook for Mybook! I’ve also deleted the Facebook and Twitter apps off of my phone.

I’ve never really focused all my efforts onto one thing. I’ve always been distracted. Always been a good “multi-tasker”. But I need to create a comprehensive and cohesive work of art with this book and fragmenting my attention to fun, yet not that important, communication on the social web is not helping me.

So it’s time to go cold turkey. Even as I write this blog, I can feel part of myself excited and part of myself scared. I haven’t been without social media for a long time. It seems so silly to even write about it because it seems like such a trivial thing. But it’s a major time suck and not helping me create my ultimate outcome.

So bye bye Facebook, bye bye Twitter – I will see you when I’m done.

As always, the action happens in the comments below. Leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!

Love,

Mastin

  • tc

    I read this really great thing today about letting go of all the things that no longer serve us, & to break free from anything that is not a positive purpose in life, and to set an example to others when they struggle with the same things. I feel there are so many feelings of inadequacy created from Facebook usage & I wonder if it is more of a problem than a solution? I guess it all depends on how you use it, but there is so much research out there & surveys on how people have become less happy with the use of social media.

    Ps CANNOT WAIT to read your book and what you have to say, a revealation of life experiences & what you have learnt along the way? I bet the cover is going to be awesome too, although I did prefer the old TDL website sign writing with all those little magical little sparkly things and the softer pink…but that’s just my opinion :-). All the best to you.

    • Sedona Suzy

      I thought my 36-year-old daughter & I (I’m 58) were the only 2 in the U.S. not on FB. Another big time-waster is TV. We brought our children up w/no television & I remember a funny story when my daughter was 5 & had a playmate over for the afternoon & she was going into withdrawal because we didn’t have a TV for her to watch.

      She kept insisting that “everyone” had a TV–like everyone has a head! The next day her little friend told my daughter that her mother told her that we were lying! EVERYONE has a TV & we were hiding it, probably in a closet (for what purpose, I don’t know!). I guess the mother goes along w/the “everyone has a head & a TV” theory.

      Isn’t that remarkable, that even an adult couldn’t imagine life w/out a TV? Just as some people seem to think FB is essential to their existence as well. I do admit I have to set a timer so that I don’t get lost in reading or writing (I actually write letters to friends & family on pieces of paper, as well as emails).

      My timer on my phone has been going off for the last 20 minutes, because I should be in the shower getting ready to leave for a doc appt.!

      One more quick note: I took a class based on Julia Cameron’s book THE ARTIST’S WAY (someone mentioned it in a post) & that is a fantastic creativity booster!

      P.S. I’m not a Luddite!

  • Genvdd

    Wish you greatness with the book.  We will be here when you get back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1204415497 Travis L Thomas

    Mastin – I have been testing the waters myself with this lately. During my morning meditation and listening the other day – the idea came to me “Put it down!” I have this Pavlov’s Dog impulse to pick up my phone and check e-mail, Twitter, sports scores whenever I have a free moment.

    Why – what about sitting with my own thoughts for a minute? So, I am working on putting the phone down numerous times during the day. Here is my vlog about it:
    http://www.yes30.com/2013/01/04/a-moment-of-yes-put-it-away/

    Happy Sunday!

    Travis
    http://www.yes30.com

  • http://www.etiquetteguy.com Jay Remer

    It will come as a great relief to us all for you to get this book finished!

  • Jennifer Jabson

    Mastin, Congratulations! I took a social media fast during December and found it physically, emotionally and psychically refreshing.  I became ever more present in my real time, face-to-face relationships, and I was  awesomely focused and productive.  I also found that my fast was incredibly rewarding in that I had to validate
    (read: ‘like’) myself, my own actions, and my own ideas/missives.  I
    also found that I was more likely to reach out to my friends and loved
    ones in person, with phone calls, texts, and emails, to share thoughts and ideas,
    rather than expressing myself in 140 characters.  This was very
    beneficial for several of my relationships.  Now that I’m ‘back’ on ‘the book’ (FB is my primary social media platform), I find that I am more comfortable setting working within limited time on FB.  For example, when I’m writing, no FB.  When I’m working, no FB.  When I’m ‘in’ an interaction with someone in real life (like a date with my wife, or dinner with a friend), no FB.  I feel liberated, radiant, and more tightly connected to what is happening right >here< right now. IT. IS. BRILLIANT.  Enjoy your break, and rest assured that the social media DT's will pass soon.  When you get the shakes, just turn inward, give it a giggle, and set it free.  Social media isn't going anywhere; your fans, friends, and followers, will continue posting in your absence, and welcome you back with open arms, tweets, and "likes", when you return.  I hope you find that your social media fast is amazing for your soul, productivity, and relationships.  It totally turned up my shine.  What unexpected treasures will it deliver to you? Good luck! And KEEP WRITING!

  • Kimberly

    I quit social media 7 mos ago and while there was definitely a mourning period, and I felt I was missing out on EVERYTHING, it is also liberating. The important connections will remain and even get stronger. Good for you!!!!

  • Mbarbee1968

    Nice!

  • Gracefullyrefined

    It’s funny I read this today. I too suck at quitting social media! ! I’ve been trying for over a week and something or someone always draws me back. *SIGH* I wish you the best of everything :-) I look forward to the book.

  • Holli

    Mastin, I’m right there with you.. I’m on a book deadline for my publisher this month, and extreme measures are necessary. 
    Let’s do this! is my mantra, and I’m afraid that social networking is be bye bye for me too!  I’ll break for TDL, and maybe writing an article for TDL:) but my limits have been met.
    Good luck, I cant wait to see what you’re bringing forth.
    You have so much to share!
    xx
    Holli

  • http://www.facebook.com/selena.soo Selena Soo

    I love the idea of trading Facebook for “MyBook.” =)

    Best of luck finishing up this project!

  • CaliShelley

    Excellent!

  • Rachel Raye

    Mastin, back in December this is something I told myself I would do for the new year. Day six of the new year and I have not quit yet! Thank you for this reminder, for today is my day ONE.

  • carmelvalleyite

    One of the best discoveries you can make is realizing you’re doing something that’s unproductive and killing precious time and then actually having the fortitude to eliminate it from your life.   It’s difficult, for sure, but nothing is impossible.  I, for one, never got into Facebook because I prefer face-to-face, real person, contact or at least over the phone.  If someone doesn’t have the time for me, even an hour for coffee once a month to catch up, are they really my friend or just an acquaintance?   So I try to focus my energy on those people who are really friends.  I can’t brag that I have 250 “friends” but  I prefer my five real live ones to make-believe ones.   And PLEASE, someone who sends weekly pass-it-along b.s. emails falls into the pain in the butt category and if they don’t take me off their spamming list, I just block them.

    • TazChick

      For someone like myself who travels to many places and makes many friends, I find facebook to be the easiest way to keep in touch. Yes, you could say that we are really just acquaintances after our short time together, but many of the friends I’ve made want to know what I’m up to or how I’m doing, at least every once in a while. And vice-versa. So I find your term of “make-believe friends” quite harsh. 

      You benefit from not having facebook in your life and that’s great. I just want to point out that for travelers like me it’s a nice way to keep in touch with people we’ve met along the way. I do admit that some of the people I have on facebook I don’t engage with much, if at all, but I feel it’s better than having no way to keep in touch with them.

      In fact, one of my friends from highschool just messaged me yesterday and we had not sent a message to each other personally since we became friends on facebook (2 years ago). He asked me about my career choice (ESL teaching) and I gave him some information that he appreciated very much.

      That’s what makes me keep my facebook whenever I ask myself if it’s worth keeping my profile. Knowing that friends, even if only a handful, want to know what I’m up to and facebook being our only way of keeping in touch. 

  • Daryl Snow

    Mastin,
    You have been a source of inspiration and hope for me for about a year and a half now. Thank you for all you do for this community and I am SO looking forward to reading your book.

  • Cukeez

    Please stay on Instagram!:) 

  • Coastofcalifornia

    Hi Mastin, I dont think it seems like such a trivial thing to be writing about as you stated. Taking a break from social media really is a bid deal! I often see followers and fans react quite powerfully when someone, especially a public someone, does it. Sometimes it seems to me that it is like many other co-creators’ reactions, kind of like how the drinking buddies react when one pal suddenly goes “on the wagon”. The people still doing it feel like the one not doing it is making some kind of judgment call on the “users'” behavior. In the case of social media, those not doing it tend to spout damning statments about social media…making the gap between users and non-users even wider as the social media butterflies then tend to get quite defensive. All very similar to other addictive substance interactions! Not trivial…
    Some friends and followers also take it personally…feeling betrayed or abandoned by the friend who left social media. I even had one public friend have people start to speculate that he had died when he stopped tweeting for a week or so!!
    I think most people have seen both the beauty and the beast side of social media. I hope that taking little vacations from it becomes more accepted and more the norm. People understand taking breaks from work…understanding taking breaks from social media as a means to productivity, to reconnecting with ineself, others, nature, etc., would be a healthy habit for *everyone* to cultivate. Good luck on the completion of your book. And thanks for TDL, it’s a very positive and powerful resource. xo!

  • Mylostmermaid

    I think it is healthy to take a break from social media every once in a while. I’ve imposed a moratorium on FB, etc. when I begin a new semester. I’ve discovered that if I never open Facebook in the morning at breakfast (wow, Facebooking first thing=addiction?), I get out of the house earlier and end up at the campus library an hour before classes and I get some real studying done to prepare for classes! I do not limit it to social media. During the semester I also have to ban trips to the library, because I need to devote 1-2 hours daily to textbooks. 
    I now appreciate my breaks between times: I allow a little FB time, but it just doesn’t seem as crucial to debate or interact as heavily. I’ve also read ten novels in the last two weeks, even though I’ve had to work more hours. In another two weeks, I will be grateful to get back to texts, ethnographies, and classes as I work toward my dream of getting a degree.
    I think there is something to be said about the concept of focusing on an area at the time when it is needed most. In an odd way, I find I appreciate both aspects MORE for the limitation and it KEEPS BALANCE for me. Then I alleviate some of that guilt that comes with being tooooooo ensconced with one or the other: it is just the time for one or the other at a given time. GOOD LUCK ON THE BOOK, MASTIN!

  • Lynn W.

    Congrats for kickng the habit!  I recently did a week without Facebook, television and the internet.  I’m currently working Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.”  Week 4 invovled “reading deprivation.”  Since it was written pre-internet, I looped eletronics into that deprivation experience.  I had to check my email once in the morning and once in the evening.  I was excited about the idea, until that moment that I deleted Facebook from my phone.  Then, the DT’s began.  You really have no idea how addictive it is until you walk away from it.  At the same time, it was very freeing.  I had a lot of time on my hands to work on things that I hadn’t touched because I had been wasting time on the internet and mindless television.  It helped me realized that one, I was addicted to it, and two, by the end of the week I didn’t need it.  I’m back on, but not as much as I had been before the experience.  I intend to do it again, maybe once a month or every eight weeks as a regualar “technological detox” process, and to maintain a flow to my creative side.  Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about how this works for you!

  • Melissa

    This is amazing. We are on similar trajectories. I’m also writing a book and just yesterday I decided to not engage in Facebook activity (even just looking at it) OR email even until after 3pm. I want to give the best energy of my day to “Mybook.” Also, no coincidence, I read the same Swami Vivekananda quote yesterday in an old copy of Yoga Journal. Love it! Thanks for blogging about your process. It’s one more affirmation that I’m doing the right things. Namaste!

  • TheDailyLover

    isn’t it crazy,  i know you are doing a healthy thing and know if i were to do the same it would be a healthy thing, and the ego says ‘yeah, watch Mastin do it and see what happens, you keep facebooking its ok’…..   i know i keep draining my energy when i am on it, and i don’t have enough energy to put into my ‘real’ efforts —  and then one committee member says ‘make sure you are not denying yourself or beating yourself up’…. i don’t want a new year experience of denial, being really hard and ruthless with myself…..and the guild of ‘oh, i feel i should be doing something that’s going to bring about a significant change, or i am a worthless piece of shit once again’….. oy veh!  help me accept who i am and where i am right in this moment, and to really love, love myself one day at a time.   that love may actually, for now include facebooking.     Mastin, thanks for sharing as always, pour your love into your book so that love can be shared with others. 

  • QuantumMojo

    Mastin, your post today was so appropriate for me.   Thanks!  Yesterday I decided to cut waaaaay back on my FB “presence” and TIME.  I believe that when we think we don’t have “time,” it’s TIME to look at how we’ve spending our TIME ~~ and then we find the TIME we thought we didn’t have.  Three weeks ago we canceled our TV (satellite dish service) ~~ honestly, we haven’t missed the TV and we’ve had more TIME for worthwhile things.   For me, 2013 is The Time to move on to more important things and to return to some things that I’ve neglected for too long.  It feels liberating to have made these two decisions.  Best wishes for your new book!

  • Jwa8499059

    From an older person’s perspective….I feel my personal “social media” is television. It’s an interesting parallel to think about .(how “technologies” affect the generation they begin in) ..I am always amazed at how much I get done when I travel overseas. I read, I write, I paint…but when I come back, i go right back to the creative struggle to work…….after one especially fruitful trip, I came back determined to hang on to that creative space….and realized what the major distraction was! Yep, that black box….do I still watch it….yes, I never would have heard of you if I didn’t…but I am much more careful about how much and what I watch….I really appreciate your sharing. JW

  • Lance Fields

    Mastin, 
    I deleted my fb account 2 weeks ago after it being deactivated for about a month. What a relief. What a change. My face to face time not to mention my alone time has improved in ways I never thought possible. Not only was I deleting it for my own sense of well being and productivity but also to remember to connect with people in real time. It’s been interesting to see peoples reactions to me doing this as well as them exclaiming quickly all the reasons they still use fb, etc.. 
    I realized that today’s technology is a great reminder that ‘we are all connected’ and now I am using that information to put the ‘theory’ into practice.

  • Just1aprill

    I knew you’d flex your muscles soon enough :) Letting go takes strength…be proud of your move :)

  • http://www.gosmallorgohome.org/ Lissa

    You can do it!! We live in an ADD culture and so it’s more challenging than ever to focus on one thing. I’ve written books and have another coming out in the spring. It’s damn hard and scary to focus on one thing. Believe me, I know. But what’s sometimes scary for us to do is also sacred. Creating that space to write IS a holy act and you owe it to yourself to cut out the noise and tune in to a greater, deeper power.

  • Gparkerjohnson

    Brotherman, 1,000 congratulations and thank you for your clarity and courage – and inspiration. I’m right behind you. I’ll tune in again when my book is done. Peace and blessings …

  • Sonali

    I agree with you, I get distracted easily.. staying away from social media helps.

  • Debbi

    Mastin, thank you for writing this.  I’ve been thinking about taking a break from Facebook for a few weeks but found myself getting anxious about the idea of it, so I knew on some level my life had been overtaken by something which wasn’t supporting me and was a real waste of time.  I deleted my Facebook account literally a few minutes ago and as soon as I did it, your email arrived! – I am taking this as divine timing and on some level it has felt the right thing to do.  I look forward to hearing how your social media break  is having an impact and all the best to you on completing your book. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for sharing your truths and fears.

  • Dgaveda

    Congrats, look forward to your completed work! No doubt it will be amazing with your full attention and presence!

  • Kathy

    Good luck Maitin…I’ll miss you. 

    PS I’m doing the same thing…any day now…

  • PatriciaK

    I think you’ve really grasped the power of focusing your attention to generate a desired outcome.  I often observe people wishing they could do something or wishing they had a particular something but not giving that dream or goal the necessary focus to bring it to life in their world. 
    Congratulations it takes courage to know your path and to commit to it 100%.  I have no doubt your book will be everything you dreamed it should be and more! 

  • KRice

    As one of your long-time readers and supporters….I am soooo incredibly excited your book is in the works! (Iremember emailing you to say “You should write a book”. ) Enjoy the moments and space that were once filled with FB, Twitter etc….but remember “Time wasted is not really wasted time.” Blessings & namaste

  • Kelly

    I too am writing a book but I justify Facebook as being a necessary background tool for building up my social media platform. It certainly does zap a lot of time though and now you have me thinking… should I do the same thing? I feel zittery just thinking about it! ok. Here’s what I will commit to right now. Turn off FB notifications on my iphone so they are not tempting me. Never go on FB during the day. Only look in the evening if I really feel the urge.  That feels like a gentle and realistic commitment from me and I am sure I will stay more focused on my writing during the day. Thanks for giving me the idea! Good luck to you :)   xxx

  • Attydeb2005

    I love social media also but made the decision to only indulge outside of the office. I don’t feel as though I’m missing out and it has become a reward/treat – much like decadent dessert which eaten occasionally makes it special so much more than if you ate it 3 times a day. There are 2 fellow employees whose jobs are in jeopardy due to their “addiction.” You will become so productive and your book will be done before you know it AND it will probably be a higher quality product on your first draft! Congrats!

  • Cgseward

    Thank you for putting this up. I’ve always wanted to do this just for an experiment or to get away but was fraud I’d ” miss out”. I have a thesis paper I’ve wanted to finish a year ago for my masters. I am almost half way done. Mind you I’ve been half way done for 6 months. I know my usage of social media had a lot to do with it. I along with you am going to put away Instagram and Facebook ( I have no twitter account). I’m excited and hope I don’t cheat. I want to go cold turkey. I already feel that If I stay true it will be liberating. Most importantlly, I will be ableto get some work done! I’m a teacher working on a thesis on brain learning and education. I not only want to finish the paper but I really want to soak up the information. I think I have a calling to help awaken the education system. So, It’s time to turn off the notifications and turn on my passion for education.

  • Joannbakerpaul

    Thanks for the possibility, Mastin – here’s to FOCUSING and CONCENTRATION – Love, JoAnn

  • Pandysheart

    I think it would be a better thought to be grateful for social media.  After all,  if it were not for social media  so many people would not even know who you are .  Then after your book has been written,  you would not sell as many copies.  Through social media is how a lot of people begin their spiritual path and find love in their lives.  I am thankful for it everyday.

  • Drew

    GOOD for you Mastin!!! As you know I do not have FB (never have) and saw years ago what an addiction it can be and– what a DRAIN of time it is on our progressive lives… I am SO proud of you for not really doing that but for dedicating yourself to your craft!! We welcome you to a Facebook Free (Liberated) World– (at least for now..) — its beautiful out here.. *grin*
    TONS of LOVE!
    Drew

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509356920 Ashley Neese

    Another timely post! I took 1 week of Facebook over New Years and it was amazing. I like you, find myself getting way too caught up in it and have decided to get rid of my FB app and limit myself to checking it 3 times a day. Period. I even set up consequences for myself and if necessary I’ll go off again. I am glad you are addressing this very important topic.

  • Lorri

    What a concept… as I read yours I was thinking “oh brother”… but as I kept reading I thought “I could do that if I wanted to.  I mean I think I could!  Could I?”  As I contemplate, let me encourage you and wish you the best of luck!  I, for one, believe you will do it and it will be easier than you thought!  maybe deleting of the apps was the hard part!  Heres hoping!  Looking forward to your book!!  :)

  • http://www.are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

    GOOD FOR YOU, Mastin!  I fed that addiction for quite awhile. I now am using Social Media  from a preferential place from my heart and creating so much more!
    The Daily Commenter, 
    Kathleen  are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ 

  • guest

    Thanks for one of the best DL’s ever!!  I like FB but I’ve got other “time-wasters” that are worse for me and this is the “kick-in-the-pants” I’ve needed to turn them Off!
    I have a friend who is seriously addicted to FB and I’m debating forwarding this to her, but am afraid it will really offend her…..
    Anyway, thanks for a great DL, and good luck with your book!
    Catherine
    (who needs to spend more time fiddling and less time on the internet!)
    :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/hkstrang Heather Strang

    Thank you Mastin! I am running into similar things as I am finishing up rewrites on my 2nd novel. I’ve noticed that I take on other work and social media time to keep me from doing what I’m really here to do. Because I’m afraid to fully embody certain aspects of my path. Such B.S.! Reading your blog reminded me to cut it out and stay on purpose. Love! xo

  • Kawthar Al-Harbi

    Good luck with it .. ^^

  • Izchica

    Good for you!! So many people act like you are living under a rock if you arent constantly “facebooking”–a verb for so many folks, and yet they cant make eye contact with someone walking down their block. Real relationships are where its at! Thanks for sharing what you are doing, hopefully it will encourage others

  • http://twitter.com/ngoc_khong Ngoc Khong

    Wow. You are so brave, I must say.  I want to do that too, but something inside me is holding me back. I need FB & Twitter to communicate w some people, at least for today.
    But I know I’ll do a social media break -very soon.
    Thank you for the post, Mastin!

  • Susanklaus

    Mastin! My sister and I call each other after many of your posts and say to each other “Did you read Mastin’s email today!” Oh my gosh its sooooooooooooooooo good! And yet here is another one! Ahhhhhhh to leave the oh so distracting – time sucking- world of fb! I think I see a new goal ahead for me in two zero one three!..2013! You are so refreshing! :)

  • [email protected]

    Thank you Mastin, for putting this out into the universe. I turned off my Facebook in Dec. 2011 for finals week, but then after the initial withdrawls and week had passed I felt a freedom I hadn’t known before. So it has been deactivated ever since. My husband also did the same. Our culture puts so much of our focus on what other people are doing and I think that if we redirected even some of that energy inward and focused on our own lives, we could improve greatly. Reading how other people have done trials without gives me joy to know I’m not alone in my feelings of needing a break.

  • Heyroz27

    Last year I did the same thing. I remove the apps off my phone. So the only time I can log on is during the time I’m at home. I noticed I don’t go on as often like I use too. However I may take the next step and get rid of Twitter and Facebook while I accomplish my goals for the new year.

  • Sylvía Magnúsdóttir

    I´ve done the same, not been on Facebook now since Jan.1. . I find it good and it has turned me in a new direction. It´s always good to let go of old things to make room for the new.

  • Rakesh

    I am just loving my time off along with my wife from Facebook/Twitter since Dec 1,2012
    We have got together real close ,are pursuing our hobbies like never before Art,Painting & Dance for her,working out and Book reading for me
    Having taken this break,we realise that its so good to be mindful and live our lives with mindfulness.The only content I have been reading online is my favourite TDL,Seths Blog & Robin Sharma Blog.
    I am having the best time of my life in here & now
    Luv Rakesh.

  • Robin Booker

    Mastin,

    Good Luck to you. From one “multi-tasker” to another I am looking forward to your book   ! I have been following you for about 6 months now and you are a true inspiration. Keep to the path man. Right behind you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572879612 Liz Saari Filippone

    Good for you!

  • My City Yoga

    Well done! Usually we congratulate each other on making a social media ‘impact’ and spend much time building up those platforms; something that is now a lifeline to building a business and buzz. However, you’re already there! 
    I’m in the midst of trying to build a buzz for my new business, so cannot go cold turkey like, you, but I think it’s a good action to take on times during the week so you can focus on other things ……like yoga, family, lovers, friends, inspiration. 
    I think I may try this for little periods of time :)

  • chanel campbell

    I think this is a great idea. I was also hooked on Facebook until I quit back in August 2012. I don’t miss it at all. I think social media is important to connect with people if you have a business or something you’d like to promote. I think it allows you to reach more people more quickly. But as you stated, it distracts you from getting things done. I’m now addicted to Instagram but because it’s just a photo site, I’m not really responding to much. 
    Good luck with your book! 

  • Therajoyce

    I’m seriously thinking about doing this too.  It’s so easy for me to get sucked into Facebook and Twitter during the day.  Then I feel horrible because I didn’t get anything done that I needed too. :(  I think I’ll delete these accounts for now too.  I have a plan for this year, and I want to make it happen.  I’m not going to get anything done wasting time on social media sites.  Thanks for the honest post Mastin! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReneeBaribeau9 Renee Baribeau

    Great Post. I am reading while I am supposed to be focused on writing for 2 hours, which was shortened down from the whole day. 

  • Jerry

    You are a braver man than I…good luck! I’m trying to learn how all the social media sites can help my business.    True a lot of people can “waste” time on these sites, but if that’s what we are becoming, then I’d prefer that they “waste” it looking at some of my content!

  • http://abby-wynne.com/abbyblog/ Abby Wynne

    Great idea! I agree, social media is addictive. And it’s a great distraction when you have a project to work on. I also find it inspirational though, and I’ve de-cluttered my newsfeed so that I am only seeing posts that inspire/uplift me. Or status updates from people that I care about. That makes a difference too.
    And there’s a great app called Slices for Twitter – you can slice your followers list into groups, so you can control your twitter feed that way. Takes a bit of messing about to set up (also fun).
    Good luck with the writing!
    Abby
    http://www.abby-wynne.com/abbyblog

  • Karen

    Hi Mastin, that’s wonderful and I’m supportive of you!  I deactivated Facebook and I actually feel much better without it. I noticed there is a lot of negative energy on Facebook (people discussing gun control, the election, people making condescending or rude comments, my ex prying into my life, etc) that I don’t have to deal with anymore. Not to mention it is a huge time suck!  Also, I’m no longer trying to impress people that I don’t speak with.  The people who matter still call, text and email me…so basically nothing has changed.  But yes, it made me reflect, maybe its not healthy to have to log onto a website 3-4 times a day to see what’s going on with my friends. And that Facebook had actually become an addiction to me.  It also made me reflect, since Facebook now has a billion users…this is how the world sees me, this is my public persona!?  And I didn’t want something as trivial as Facebook to be a representation of who I am. And I also don’t want to have to worry about how I’m presenting myself to the world. Its like a huge weight has been lifted. I’m so much happier. Back to positive energy and focusing on the people who really matter, and my relationships are much better. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck!

  • Angela Spangela

    I, too, am working on a book.  Well, three.  While I haven’t given up social media, I did get a vintage typewriter for Christmas.  Old Skool is so cool. 

  • http://www.OnlineMarketingIntro.com monicamcpherrin

    I admire your dedication to your book. I guess it’s what matters at the moment but I would have a hard time staying away for more than a week at best. Good luck on the book.