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My Annual Social Media Detox (part 2)

After an amazing 9 day detox, I’m officially back on the net. Today I turned my smartphone on and after buzzing for half an hour from notifications, texts, and the rest I realized that…. (drum roll) I don’t miss social networks. Honestly, I have zero desire for opening Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and WhatsApp (especially WhatsApp #SorryNotSorry). I feel present, happy, and curious. Folks, tell me, this is what 1989 felt like?

From my second detox I learned new things. Let me share my Millennial widsom with you:

  1. If you want to do it right- leave the social media you are most addicted to. In my case is Instagram (#uglycry)
  2. Tell your loved ones about your detox- its duration, your whereabouts, and how YOU will contact them in case of an emergency 
  3. Bring activities with you- reading (I’m in the middle of The Name of the Rose and Aromatherapy), writing (ideas, poems, dreams, phrases, columns, and comics!), Sudoku, photography, printed magazines (I’m trying to read all those that finish with Mexico- Vogue Mexico, Nylon Mexico), you name it.
  4. Plan activities- I’m boring so I went to museums, libraries, and historical buildings. But you can do a restaurant tour, climbing, exploring, clubbing, you got the idea.
  5. I’m less self conscious about my looks- I didn’t took my mirror out, reapply my makeup or made second thoughts about my outfit #BodyPositivity y’all
  6. My neck and shoulders feel amazing – #OhYes

But oh boy, everything has a begging and an end and I HAD to turn my phone on. However, Smartypants had a plan. 

  1. Select two goals for work and two for you personal errands. Focus on them. Period. Your energy is finite, for me mornings are my go-go time.
  2. Connect after you finished your second task/goal. For me it was to write four versions of the same column I’ll published (I’m #OCD and my coworkers are probably #OCD too). After I finished them all I checked my texts, WhatsApp, and e-mails.
  3. Give yourself small rewards: getting a cup of coffee after replying THAT e-mail, putting some music, arranging your folders (yes, it’s a prize for me).
  4. Set interaction rules, for me it is Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest once a week (let’s see if I can keep it up), no replying during lunch and workouts, deleting apps I no longer use and stop with all the crazy notifications!!

Day 1 of #PretendIs1995 was a success. I’m aiming for at least a month. Dear readers, please be happy, both offline and online.

My Annual Social Media Detox (part 1)

Pretending it’s 1989 is harder than I thought. To start with, I didn’t lived, so I can only pretend. My reference is Taylor Swift’s album and my parents memories. How did they lived without electronics?! Turning off my phone was the easy part, to have lots of available time was hard. No social media, no texting, no fidgeting with my Motorola.

I took out my book, “Il Nome della Rosa” by Umberto Ecco and read for a while. I realized that I haven’t put on Instagram my new book or my cute sneakers. The light was perfect, I also had a funny caption and a couple of hashtags written on my head.

Why did I promised my hippie self that I would do this half digital detox? I am using an iPad and only five applications, WordPress being one of them (obviously). I’m trying to unhook to my other devices, but it hasn’t proved easy. I am a digital native after all.

“Social media have not only shaped our face-to-face interactions but also our thinking process.”

I am sad of how much I crave getting digital attention instead of enjoying some quality time with my folks. These past six hours made me realize (again) how addictive our smartphones are. As a millennial I love technology and social media, but as a yogui/reader/nerd I KNOW is not healthy to be glued to them.

This is the second year I’ve done it. The first time I picked Uber, Instagram, Gmail, TripCase and Facebook as my apps. This year is Uber, Google Maps, Prisma, WordPress, and TripCase. I’ll keep you posted on my sui generis detox.

S.O.S: Volví a mis padres adictos a Netflix

Mea Culpa. A veces me siento como la oveja negra de la generación Millenial: me encanta el papel de libretas y libros, olvido mi celular en casa y tengo el mínimo de apps en mis electrónicos. La historia de como volví adictos a mis pobres padres comienza así:

En noviembre del año pasado, decidí volver a pagar Netflix tras no haberlo usado en varios años. Recuerdo que lo cancelé en mi momento cúspide godinez. Tras graduarme de la universidad veía muy poco los contenidos de Netflix y me parecía un desperdició pagar por algo que no uso y con mi sueldo de recién egresada. Sin embargo el 2016 fue el año de oro de Netflix: Stranger Things, OITNB, The Crown y Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Fue esta última serie la que hizo toda la diferencia, porque mi mamá me informó que TENÍAMOS que verla. Acto seguido, reviví mi cuenta de Netflix y lo demás es historia. Tras ver el revival de Gilmore Girls dos veces, procedí a impartir la clase “Netflix 101” para mis padres y todo lo que involucra.

En mi defensa, no pensé que esto iba a pasar: llegar a mi casa del trabajo y ver a mis papás picadísimos viendo Netflix. Llegar a mi casa durante el fin de semana y mis papás comenzando una nueva serie de Netflix. Lo entiendo, la plataforma es genial y sus contenidos son buenos. Aún me duele no encontrar películas de Disney, pero la esperanza es lo último que muere. En fin, los alumnos de la clase de Netflix aprobaron y se graduaron del curso. En ocasiones, han superado a la maestra. No los puedo culpar, la televisión se ha quedado muy atrás con las comodidades que ofrece Netflix, Roku y Hulu.

Los servicios de las plataformas de streaming nos han acostumbrado a:

  1. Temporadas completas
  2. Capítulos en diferentes idiomas y subtítulos
  3. Sin anuncios
  4. Gran variedad de películas, series y hasta novelas
  5. Posibilidad de verla en televisión, computadora o dispositivo móvil
  6. Precio accesible
  7. Planes familiares

Las televisoras han tenido poco éxito lanzando sus propias plataformas porque no cumplen con alguna (o muchas) de las características anteriores. Los ganadores son los que apostaron por este formato y claro, los viewers. Así que, padres, lo siento, somos presa fácil de las comodidades tecnológicas.