It's like one friend of mine said "it's junk food for your brain."
And it's totally true. Don't get me wrong. i LOVE junk food. potato chips, doughnuts, cheetos, soda, tortilla chips, popcorn, dark chocolate kit kat, ice cream, kettle style potato chips... the goes on and on.
And it's coincidental that I have had to seriously cut back on my consumption of junk food because my metabolism has finally hit a wall. My mid-life tragedy is almost complete. So I have had to also cut back on my consumption of this one really bad brain junk food too: facebook.
Don't get me wrong, I haven't totally 100% taken facebook junk food out of my diet yet, but it's been seriously curtailed. And yes, I love my seeing my friends and family too. But there are limits to everything in life.
I've been running some self-experimentation, in the style of Tim Ferriss to figure out what works for me. And ever since Nov. 8, 2016, I have found that participating in facebook, especially on mobile, is not healthy for my brain. Along with making me impatient and angry, when I am on it, I want more of it. Like a casino and its slot machines that practice variable ratio reinforcement on you, if I don't see a post that entertains or informs me, then I look for another. After the satisfaction of consumed, it, I seek more. And so on and so forth.
I also realized that I also continued to think of fun, clever, and entertaining or informative posts to share. It felt like I was in a self-contained coopetition with my friends for fun, clever, informative, and entertaining shit to share. So not only was I wasting my time consuming brain junk food with variable ratio reinforcement, but I was also contributing to the consumption of it by others. In my spare brain cycles, I would constantly be thinking of taking this picture or that picture and making a joke or sarcastic comment. AND YES, while very fun and engaging with my friends, it was a hamster wheel. It didn't help me to earn more money, it didn't help me to be better at my day job, it didn't help me be a better husband or father, it didn't help me get more accomplished in my nights and weekends jobs, and it didn't make by body more healthy.
I am happy to report that for me, I am back to reading great books, and listening to very short snippets of national and local news to keep me informed about what is going on and I FEEL and THINK more clearly now. CLARITY. I am more focused on an exciting possible new side business venture involving bitcoin too. FOCUS. Just like the song goes, "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone." I don't allow myself to facebook on a mobile device. DISCIPLINE.
I will not participate in a drone-like existence to further the maniacal efforts of The Zuck to take over every aspect of the online world, to mine what I do, to sell my information, and to profit while not making the world a better place. Here is an interesting critique of his manifesto.
Anyways, if you read this far, then thanks for making it. Hope to see you IRL soon.
My name is Dae Yu.