The topic of this Monthly Misc is about digital detoxing and self-improvement.
Hi guys. Welcome back to the Monthly Misc. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Hardeep, a banker working a 9-5, a part-time YouTuber and blogger, and a husband and father to two beautiful boys.
The topic of this Monthly Misc is about self-improvement. To be fair, a lot of the Monthly Miscs will be about self-improvement! This one is about Digital self-improvement.
You may have heard about what's been happening with Whatsapp's policy changes. Long story short, they're opening WhatsApp data to parent company Facebook to allow Facebook Business to collate certain data from WhatsApp. Is it a big deal? That depends on how much you care about your data and privacy. For me, I detest Facebook, and haven't used it for the best part of 10 years. Don't get me wrong; it had a purpose once and I used it to connect to family members in other countries, but it wasn't long before it became bloated and less useful to me.
The policy change doesn't effect me as I'm in the EU (kind of, thanks Brexit). But it did get me to consider ditching WhatsApp altogether. I decided to take a break from Instagram too (Facebook owned) for similar reasons, although I just wasn't finding it useful anymore.
The issue with ditching WhatsApp is that everyone I know uses it. The majority of my communication with others is via WhatsApp. So I challenged myself somewhat with a digital detox. I delete apps I thought were distracting or not of any benefit to me, and I muted notifications on ones I kept.
- I deleted twitter and instagram.
- I turned off notifications for emails because the majority are ads or spam.
- I muted WhatsApp notifications and they now 'delivery quietly' to my iPhone rather than alerting me each time a message comes through.
- I deleted all apps from my home screen, keeping only ones I use productively or daily on the second home screen.
Honestly, it's been a relief, and I'm enjoying not picking up my phone at every alert that comes through.
My cousin sent me this article from Medium this week which is an incredibly in depth guide on how to adjust the settings of your phone to achieve more of a digital detox. I was already applying most of these :)
What am I trying to achieve with this? I was feeling overwhelmed with social media. It became depressing seeing what others were doing during lockdown, particularly seeing social media stars enjoying trips abroad like Dubai and Ibiza, knowing I couldn't do the same. More importantly though, I felt I was doing very little that was benefiting me. And I didn't like the example it was setting for my kids. So I'm trying harder to pick up my phone less.
Here's a quick tip for WhatsApp if you are feeling inundated by chats but find that the majority aren't that useful or important:
- Mute all the groups you're not interested in
- Pin your top 1 to 3 chats
- Ignore anything below them
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Until the next one,