My Takeaway on a Media Diet

December 03, 2018

My Takeaway on a Media Diet

Since my teenage years, I’ve been quite a negative person (to say the least) … But when you are 17 it can be right off to the hormones. However, when you are 27 it starts to bother you.

Have you ever tried counting how many times do you complain before noon? The weather is too cold or too hot, or it is too rainy, the train is too slow, the line at the Starbucks is too long, your partner does not get you, the co-worker is stupid, your boss is witless…. Do I need to continue?

Why do we do that? Well, have you noticed that every morning you wake up and you grab your phone (instead of hugging your partner), or you turn on a morning show on TV or listen to the radio on the way to work. We all do that. It is a new norm. Media is all around and it is taking control of your life and most importantly - your emotional stability and your inner calmness.

THE MAIN REASONS WHY I TOOK A MEDIA DIET

Having our eyes or ears glued to the TV, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram feed, stalking other people and envying their “perfect” life isn’t healthy for our mind. We have to realise that media is a business. And this business model thrives on your attention. Sadly, more that often our attention is drawn most effectively by click-bait headlines and bad news. For me that was one of the main reasons behind deciding to start a media diet.

The second reason was my work. I noticed that I was getting more and more tired, even though, to be honest, I didn’t do my best work possible. At the end of the day, my head was FULL. Information overload was killing me. Why?

I noticed that I knew too much about the stuff I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW. Like who married who, who got a new job, about that celebrity who got wasted and crashed the car, about my childhood neighbour who changed from being a skinny and shy nerd to being a real-life Jason Statham… Crime stories or gossips about the stuff that is NOT REAL, like which housewife got divorced, or even about the contest who remembers the most dialogues from FRIENDS. Guess what…I probably come in the first third of winners. That was a red flag. NO. I cannot live my life like that.

STOP SAYING “YES” – SAY “NO” INSTEAD

I decided to get super picky about the information I let into my life,my inner world. By choosing to go on a media diet, you automatically experience less negativity and invite more positivity into your life.

I said no to TV. All together. I decided I don’t need it. I said no to the morning shows and news. Not to mention all the shows about the lifestyle and celebrities, though I was not a fan before, I have many friends who are. So from time to time, I got to watch it.

I said no to my Facebook feed. I only used the Messenger for work, I even created a new account where I had only 2 friends (my co-workers) and that is all. No feed. No useless info.

The hard thing was saying no to Instagram (to be honest, I do enjoy pretty pictures and that is my guilty pleasure). But I said no to it. It was hard. I noticed that I don’t even notice when I press the Instagram icon on my phone and start scrolling compulsively. This is how brain on autopilot looks like. And I “feed” my brain with fitness models, puppies, beautiful outfits and Bali vacation that is not mine… Why do I need that? Honestly, it rarely motivates me, it rarely encourages me to actually put down the phone and DO something, it rarely gives me joy…

I am a big fan of Zat Rana, “Design Luck” author, which I discovered reading Medium. He once wrote: “What you say NO to better predicts a result than what you say YES to”. I remember this quote every time I have an urge to turn on a TV or listen to some mediocre radio show.

MY TAKEAWAY

After taking the media diet I understood one thing – the technology and the media themselves aren’t a bad thing. I am still applying the same principles of conscious use of media and apps, however, I do not restrain myself too much.

A lot of people say that technology and media are destroying our life, but it is not true. Famous monk and philosopher Dandapami noticed that our lives’ are being destroyed by our inability to use technology and media consciously and wisely. Technology itself is not evil.

You Can't Stop The Waves

You cannot delete the “bad news”, “the incompetent people” and “the mediocre shows”. But what you can do – control it, be picky, be mindful and choose only the information that nourishes you.


Rugile, marketing officer @FGatelier

Rugile, marketing officer @FGatelier


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