I loved this. I’ve also found that “how” you use social media somewhat dictates what you get out of it.

I stopped “reading” Twitter, except my mentions. It’s helped me mellow out my outrage and profound sadness.

I limit who I follow on IG to people I personally know who also post pretty pictures. It makes it feel wholesome and positive and beautiful. I post similarly pretty pictures of places I go. (I don’t post selfies because, candidly, I ain’t all that much to look at. But skylines and concerts are!)

And Facebook, I’ve largely abandoned, except to post abbreviated versions of things I later workshop and turn into essays. (It’s a beta testing environment for my writing.) I also use it to text people who’s numbers I don’t have (yet).

That seems to have done the trick for me. Though everyone’s mileage varies.

Essayist and storyteller on life, liberty and the battle for happiness. Several million served. Words at Human Parts, Forge and PS I Love You. IG: heygorman

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