Take a social media fast, even if it’s just for a day. Nobody wants to know what you had for lunch, and Facebook especially just encourages narcissism and bullying. It’s debatable if it even helps for business. If it does, use it sparingly. And for personal use, just use it to keep in touch with family and friends far away, or find lost pets. For the rest, just let it go. Meet ‘real friends’ down the pub!
- Life Unplugged offers a digital detox workbook. Staying connected is simpler than you imagine. This offers a mini-vacation without the cost of going away. Learn to live life without being attached to your phone, TV, laptop or social media. Take a few breaks a day, to make you feel refreshed, enlightened and purposeful. Sleep better and improve your mood, by taking a break from the Internet. Digital detoxing is proven to help your memory, posture, blood pressure and bring feelings of gratitude and happiness.
- Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (provides evidence that social media is making people sadder, angrier, less empathic, more fearful, isolated and tribal. Jaron Lanier (a Silicon Valley scientist who first alerted us to the dangers of social media) offers a witty and urgent manifesto on why you should liberate yourself from the hold of social media, to transform your life (and the world) for the better.
- The 40-Day Social Media Fast is a book for anyone who spends too much time on their phone, or finds themselves engaged online, but engaged with those around them. Do you spend hours scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, newsfeeds and YouTube videos? Take Wendy’s ‘screen sabbatical’, to become help you become fully conscious of your dependence on social media. So you can purposely unplug from screens, and plug into real life, with the help of a very real God. Take a break from everyone and everything you follow online. Disconnect in order to reconnect with who and what matters.
- Digital Minimalism shows you how to switch off and find calm. Do you find yourself scrolling endlessly through social media or the news, while your anxiety rises. Are you frazzled after a long day of video calls? In this timely book, Professor Cal Newport shows us how to pair back digital distractions, and live a more meaningful life.
- How to Do Nothing is a book about resisting the attention economy. After the 2016 US election, Jenny Odell felt so disoriented by information, misinformation and expression of others, that reality seemed to slip away. So she decided that the most radical thing she could do was not have anything to do with any of the information overload rammed down our throats on a daily basis. She believes this leads to a refusal for society to control our lives.