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At work, we have a committee that I’m on called Thrive. It’s dedicated to providing information on and creating events that promote health and wellness, not just physical, but mental and emotional as well.

I recently posed a question to committee members on how they deal with stress in their lives. One co-worker mentioned that when he got a new smartphone recently, he opted to not turn on notifications for just about anything on it other than phone calls, text messages, Slack (for work), and Outlook. Another co-worker mentioned that she has deleted all social media apps from her phone. 

I’m going to be honest with you, this sounds like heaven. 

I think I’m going to try a little experiment… I’m going to shut off as many notification channels as I can for the rest of May. I’m also going to delete pretty much all social media apps. No Facebook, Messenger, Vero (which was pretty much on its way out anyway), LinkedIn (not looking for a job anyway), and Snapchat (no big loss there). The tough ones will be Swarm and Twitter, but my use of those has been inconsistent at best. 

The exceptions are work related apps, obviously, and stuff like Untappd, Goodreads, and Fitbit that I use to keep track of what I drink, read, and how I exercise, respectively, moreso than for the social aspect of it all. 

I will also keep using Instagram, but without really checking my feed. I still love photography and sharing pictures I take. Also, people still like their #nathanchronicles and I don’t want to deny them that.

Of course I’ll also keep blogging daily. It’s my hobby and there really aren’t enough comments flying around here to truly classify it as “social.”

You may still see activity in some accounts due to how things are so interconnected on the web. Oh, and Katie and I share a Facebook account. 

I’m curious how well I’ll do. 

Anyone wanna join me?