There is something awfully satisfying about trying to get back in control of your digital life – I find that if I don’t pay attention my inbox (both work and blog/home) rapidly disappears out of control. I wasn’t online much from the middle of December for a variety of reasons – I have heaps of unread mail. I have started a great January cull!
Except now I’ve discovered a great new thing – if I don’t like an email I unsubscribe. There and then, click, zap, no more clutter in my inbox.
Take that advertising types – take that people sending me emails about things I can’t really afford and don’t really need.
Trouble is that you start small (ok smallish, I had 25,000 unread emails on my computer from last summer when everything went a bit haywire) and unsubscribe from a few email groups. Moments later you are happily deleting emails. And not really being too bothered if you delete more or less everything – I mean if it is important surely someone will re-send?
*hits delete again*
Roll forward a couple of hours and you are going through Facebook and removing anyone you don’t immediately recognise from your ‘friend’ list.
And then you remove someone because of a Daily Mail inspired panic about ‘pedos’ on the internet.
And then it snowballs.
Suddenly you are on a roll and your circle of friends actually starts to look a bit more like a group of actual friends you’d consider going out for a drink with. Perhaps this has to be my new Facebook threshold – I’ll only accept requests from people I’ve been out for a drink with or would seriously consider going out for a drink with. All I do on Facebook is check out what other people are up to rather than post a whole lot so perhaps I should just close my account off? Surely I wouldn’t miss it much? And then I’d stop worrying about whether having a Facebook account is a good idea
Then Twitter grabs your attention and you realise that if you really need a sort out – you can’t actually know who most of these people are and actually you only talk to a few so unfollow here, unfollow there! Your stupid threshold gets higher and you start deleting people you disagree with rather than trying to not get cross.
You know, I think I have realised my problem with social media – I’m naturally anti-social…