Reset Your Digital Self

You know the flustered feeling that all your tech devices and social media services can bring? Turns out, the overwhelming mental clutter can be relieved. I’m not talking about a radical shift like Digital Minimalism, although that would help. It can be simple. In this case, I’m referring to an informative post with a few ideas for a Digital Reset.


Click over to the blog of Anil Dash and check out the list of steps he takes to regain control over his tech life. It’s straightforward and down-to-earth. I like the practical tidbits he shares.

Two of his key principles I especially want to echo here.

Fear Of Missing Out

First, if you decide to step away from social media, FOMO is not as bad as you think. The acute feeling of denial – that fear of not knowing what the latest cool meme is – subsides quickly, being replaced by tranquil relief from the onslaught of info overload.

Deliberate Data

The second principle is about all that info. It’s good to have only intentional info.

For me, the best way to have this is to not have any news feeds! So avoiding social media, I like to intentionally go to websites that I know and trust for certain info. I even use a DuckDuckGo search field to find new info – on purpose!

All it takes is a little clicking and typing and swiping – slightly more effort than mindlessly doom-scrolling Twitter or Facebook.

Addressing Algorithms

If or when I do interact with social media accounts, I like Anil’s idea of resetting the algorithms that fill the feed with stuff. Maybe if I un-pause my Twitter usage, I will likewise unfollow everyone, or at least do a massive purge and slowly rebuild the feed content.

This past week, I unfriended 76 people’s accounts on Facebook. I’m sure my newsfeed will look different now, but I rarely visit Facebook anymore. Shrug.

There are other ways to do a digital reset beyond social media. If it sounds like a good idea to you, go read Anil’s post. I think you’ll find it helpful.


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4 thoughts on “Reset Your Digital Self

  1. Great idea, Jason! I’ve been trying harder this year to step away from Twitter, with only some luck. Maybe going cold-turkey would be a good thing to try. I mean, how much would I miss? And, like you, I have trusted sources for news that I seek out myself. Good post for forcing me to think about it.

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    1. Hey Rob, I appreciate your feedback. It’s encouraging. I’ve stayed off Twitter and Facebook and honestly haven’t missed them. I think knowing I can access them, having not deleted my accounts, helps. I hope it doesn’t become a source of pretentious self-righteousness in pride for me; I really felt the negativity and addiction so had to break away.
      I think if you can find good use of social media and stay clear of the downsides then maybe keep going. Kind of, “what works for you…” That said, I do feel kinda strongly against social media more these days in general, perceiving it hurts society, democracy, and individuals. Anyways, I wish you the best of luck!

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