So long, Instagram

International bunny day is a September holiday but Maya decided to celebrate it on July 21st by creating this commemorative drawing.

To me, the picture I took of this drawing with my iPhone commemorates a completely different kind of event. It’s the last image I ever shared on Instagram and it marks the end of Instagram for me. After 7,253 photos on a journey that began in 2010 before Maya was born, I have decided to close https://www.instagram.com/blackaller/ and never use Instagram again.

My motivations for this decision are merely practical. I love Instagram. In fact, I actually love it TOO MUCH. It has come to my attention recently that some of my more compulsive habits ——buying comics every Wednesday, posting pictures and browsing on Instagram, binge-watching TV shows, keeping up with newsfeeds and other iPhone distractions—— are fueled in a great part by FOMO and are actually making it difficult for me to pay attention to my own life.

As part one of my active information detox program I removed all social media, news and entertainment from my iPhone, effectively turning it into a music player camera phone with email, texting, and directions. When you use your iPhone only as a tool it becomes a very powerful resource.

Part two reduce TV watching at night to 1 hour max, and never after 10pm.

Part three quit on weekly comics. Just not yet please 😀

June 9, 2018 update. I’ve now completed all three phases of my personal information detox program and it’s sinking-in great. After a few months I have regained time, clarity and peace of mind. I experienced no withdrawal and I only use twitter now, but only on a desktop computer and I count my twitter time as TV time.

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