I’m gonna get myself disconnected…
Oh please elaborate… I hear you cry.
It started when I read about the Mashable Social Media Disconnect Challenge in which five guinea pigs will be taking the same challenge. I asked myself could I do it? Only one way to find out…
So from 00:00 on Sunday 18th March until 00:00 on Sunday 1st April I will be going on a social media starvation diet.
Social networks have become part of my everyday life in the past four years. There’s no escaping that fact. Reading and posting updates as well as reading and writing blog posts is as much a part of my daily life as food and drink. However, unlike food and drink, I inhabit the social networks by choice rather than necessity, or at least I think I do. Two weeks without online social sustenance will tell.
During the blackout I’ll be following the rules as laid down by Mashable:
*In our challenge, disconnecting from social media limits you to: emailing, SMS texting and content consumption via a news site or an embed video. This means you are not allowed to create or share any type of content. Actions like writing blog posts, uploading videos, commenting, Liking a comment, posting status updates, sharing a post, checking in, playing social games, chatting online, video chatting, or anything related to those actions are not allowed.
I’m not doing it because I feel I need a break. The social media themselves, or the people who inhabit it, haven’t forced my hand. I’m certainly not doing it as a stunt. It’s just to see how it goes. I’ll be conducting my normal daily life so it won’t be like cutting the cord by going on holiday. At the end of it all I’ll be back to tell you how it went.
If anyone reading this considers themselves a social media addict and/or blog slave and wants to try the same challenge, following the rules above, say so in the comments below. Bear in mind this isn’t meant to be group therapy. I won’t be on hand to provide comfort during periods of cold turkey. It would however be interesting to share our experiences when the two weeks are up.
Wish me luck. See you on the other side.
PS Because of this hiatus, the next Crowdsourced Sunday will be on Sunday 8th April.