OK, I did it. I turned off all my alerts on my iPhone.
At the same time, I removed the Facebook App from my iPhone, and I am loving it.
I, and many others, have witnessed adverts cropping up in our Facebook newsfeeds after a simple verbal discussion and I am a proponent of “targeting” from a marketing point of view.
It goes a little too far when Facebook starts to connect dots that I never thought they would — such as knowing where and how I use my credit card (even offline) and turning a discussion in to a re-targeting opportunity.
Aside from that, I was just tired of the constant alerts and being suckered in to seeing who has just said what on Facebook.
It has led to a freeing up of time that I can be more productive with.
I have less personal face time with an iPhone as if that was ever going to be productive and more time looking at my wife’s beautiful face while she is talking to me instead of simply trying to get my attention.
I know I am not the only one who has struggled with the vacuum that social media can draw you into, but it is refreshing to look around me instead of 12 inches in front of me.
This week. I caught a segment on the news in Europe of a commuter who walked straight off the edge of a railway platform because he was walking and presumably having some intimate time with his favourite app.
Christmas is right around the corner; take a break, leave the phone in some other corner of your house perhaps.
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