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Social Media Detox

Since July 2018, I have been experimenting with my social media habits. Facebook's scary privacy invasion issue play a part, but mainly because I feel that I was spending too much time with these addictive social media (primarily Facebook and Instagram) with almost zero economic benefits. The only benefit I gained is the good feeling of knowing something.

I learn a lot from Duhigg book The Power of Habit, the clue - action - reward - repeat cycle. The reward of getting the updates of someone you know, the reward of understanding one's view on something. Moreover, all the apps are making it easy to get the rewards with push notifications, email reminders, contextual messages. Also, the app icons are so intriguing on the screen, on the notification tab.

So, 9 months ago I deleted all apps (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) from my mobile phone to eliminate the clues. It works very well for me. I keep my accounts and check them mostly on weekends on my tablet. Every once in a while during the "detox" period, I had this urge to stay updated. As I already made it so hard and so annoying (browser only access), the urge diminished in like few minutes, try instagram story on your browser it is very inconvenient.

I also made some small rules for myself. If I want to check Instagram updates, I have to read at least one blink in my Blinkist app. I prohibited myself to post anything to Facebook and Instagram.

On the other hand, I realized I lose one of the best channel to communicate our company progress, our challenges, and how we tackle them. I decided to start posting to Facebook and Linkedin in next few days to end my 9-month social media detox.

Jangan Cuma Mengeluh

Misa kemarin, pastor yang memimpin misa bercerita tentang bagaimana dia mendengar keluhan dari anak muda yang merasa gereja Katolik rada kuno, lagunya ngga asyik, dan cenderung membosankan. Si Pastor bercerita bagaimana dia kemudian mengajak si anak muda untuk mengubah ini.

"Ayo, yang nyanyi di koor ini sedang bernyanyi sambil mempertahankan posisi gigi palsunya. Kalian donk yang muda dan punya ide bertindak, bentuk koor, dan isi misa."

Beberapa hari lalu juga muncul gerakan untuk mengajak golput, alasannya sistem saat ini bobrok dan menghasilkan 2 kandidat presiden yang menurutnya tidak ideal. Ia berteriak lantang memamerkan sticker 'saya golput, kamu?'

Bagaimana banyak orang yang mudah mengeluh, mudah protes, tanpa bertindak. Sekedar berbicara itu memang gampang. Satu-satunya usaha dikeluarkan ya cuma membuka mulut dan mencari audiens.
Ini memang lebih baik dari mereka yang cuma diam, ngedumel sendiri, kesal sendiri, dan menyalahkan keadaan. Tapi, tetap saja tidak ideal bukan?

Kita sebenarnya bisa melihat ini di banyak keadaan. Baik di lingkungan sekitar rumah, kantor, pertemanan, hingga negara.

Apakah memang kita ingin mengubah keadaan atau tidak. Jika memang hanya ingin mengeluh tanpa hasil, silakan saja. Tapi kalau ingin mendapatkan hasil, kita harus bertindak. Harus ada kerja nyata.