Digital Detox-ish

I deleted every social media app off my phone.

This might seem extreme but it’s been brewing for a while.

I have been noticing that my attention is getting more and more drawn to social media. That the 5 to 10 minutes I used to spend on various social medias has turned to 10 to 15 minutes or worse yet 20 to 30 minutes.

I set time limits on Instagram and Threads- it will warn me when I hit 10 minutes on either app and then at 30 minutes it’s time to close the app. I managed to hit the 30 minute mark EVERY DAY since I set these limits in place. As someone who doesn’t have the greatest sense of time I assumed 30minutes would be enough to get my fix in and get my posting done.

It was not.

daily portrait sketch man's face sketches in bright vibrant colors, bold strokes, and on a composition book page.
man’s face sketches in bright vibrant colors, bold strokes, and on a composition book page.

A few years back I visited Maine after I deleted Facebook off my phone and forgot to bring my laptop, so I just stopped checking facebook. I missed some aspects of it, but that week long, no facebook week? It was the detox I needed.

So I’m attempting something similar with Instagram, Threads and every other social media out there. I suspect I’ll possibly reload Instagram to my phone, but I’m not going to let myself do it for at least a month.

Large stamp page and date stamp
The Ranger stamp pads are super juicy. Combined with this 8 digit stamp I use for dating my sketches. I love the colors in this one, the espresso is a good shade. I use it to put the dates on all my daily sketches. I’ve done this on and off for awhile.

I don’t want to lose all my work on Instagram, so I’ll be posting via my old slow Kindle. I’ve really got to strip that thing to the bare essentials so I can turn it into a workhorse. It is the WORST way to post to instagram. It’s slow, and the connection is slow and it’s just the worst. As for the rest. I’m going to give myself a timed visit of 30 minutes total after work, on my desk top.

I’ll report my results here and on Ko-Fi on a weekly basis. You might end up getting one of those analog photograph posts. (Though translated since I know some of you use screen readers.)

Stash jars containing coffee beans for travel
I picked up these stash jars to put coffee into to take with me to work. They seal nicely and hold the perfect amount of coffee for a cup of good coffee at work.

All images in this post were taken with a $20 toy camera. (affiliate link) Why? I enjoy taking pics with it. It’s ridiculous and funny and also TINY. I’m continually amazed at how far cameras have come in the last 15 years. Are these pictures good? Well, not really, they are on par with my cell phone’s camera in 2010. (Maybe?) Or the cam on my old iPod Touch. There is something I like about their imperfections.

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