New Year, New Beginnings

Hello, I am Mark, the author of Webtastic Stories: Fear and Loathing on the Internet. Welcome to Amazing Gaming Productions.

Today’s blog is my challenge, take a week off of Social Media.

A few weeks ago, I published a blog on why I stopped taking social media seriously. This Curious Culture War gained some success. I hope every person who reads it asks themselves, is it worth it? Trust me when I say it isn’t. Recently, I gave the same advice on Twitter – it’s better to take care of yourself than play out a strange real-world version of Red Dead Redemption 2. Don’t be loyal to a movement that couldn’t care less if you dropped out tomorrow!

RDR2 is the perfect metaphor, don’t invest yourself in someone else’s agenda so much it gets you killed.

Social media is addictive, and the algorithms convince us we will “Win”. Everyone thought Elon Musk would solve Twitter, lol!

I can’t stop laughing because he’s bowing out, and Tesla’s stocks are tanking right now. Some saviour. Again, if you think you can live a life where this matters, you will never achieve anything. 

It never took me anywhere. It’s better to focus on your life than live out someone else’s battles. Don’t be Arthur Morgan, following everything Dutch asked him to do. It cost Arthur his life. Don’t be Anthony Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum or Ashli Babbit. They all followed some “Dutch” that got them killed.

Who knew Rockstar could have predicted how devastating following the wrong people could be?!

The craziness of social media is why I recommend taking a week off Social Media. NoFap started with some high schoolers who said, let’s not go to porn websites for a month, and they found out how much better their life became for it. You can do this too. Take a week off of social media to make your life better.

I did that a few times, and now I’m using social media as a tool. I don’t use it except for a purpose.

Instead of wasting time, I walk up 24 flights of stairs and read two chapters of the Bible instead of checking social media. At night, I read for 2-3 hours. I can get through about 150 pages a day now.

I’ve read Gift of Fire by CL Carhart, all the Ragnar Stormbringer novellas, and all of the Rayden Valkyrie novellas by Stephen Zimmer. I’m aiming to read more and write more right now because I spend time on things other than social media.

My life is getting much better!

I am improving my mental health, getting in better shape, and letting my writer friends inspire me.

How much better could your life get if you decided to live differently?

Maybe you can start reading the Bible? Or exercise to get into shape? How about reading lots of different books? Perhaps you will have more writing time? How about working on something you want to do? You may have time to learn a new skill or language!

I believe many people could do much better in life if they stopped using social media to fight all the time. Yoda was right; once you start fighting on social media all the time, it will dominate your life. The influencers and social media companies need you fighting all the time. Stop doom-scrolling, and do something instead. In 2024 you could be in a vastly different place.

I challenge you, take the No Phone challenge, don’t check social media for a week. Do something different, and I promise it will change your life.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog.

So. what will you do with all that time off social media?

Have a great day and an insightful week!


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