To most people, Elon Musk’s tweet from earlier this week may have seemed like an outlier of sorts or even just an ill-advised attempt at humour. But in reality, it was probably one of the smartest and most truthful tweets he has ever posted on Twitter and highlights one of the biggest problems facing our society today.
With all the recent controversy surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, Musk wants everyone to know that social media is dangerous and can have extremely negative consequences on our well-being both mentally and physically. Here’s why…
You don’t need social media
Elon Musk, who understands technology better than almost anyone on Earth, deleted his social media accounts yesterday and recommends that we do it too. How many times do you check your phone in a day? he asked in an interview. Probably many times. And every time you check your phone, you’re engaging with that little dopamine hit; every like you get, every cheeky retweet. These social media companies were never intended to be addictive — they were supposed to connect us with friends and family or to enhance communication between business partners — but somewhere along the way, they became just another tool for tech-savvy companies to make money from our personal data.
Don’t get me wrong, social media can be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. But if you do decide to go cold turkey from social media, and delete your accounts today
How much time will you save? Lots of studies have shown that checking your phone all day not only saps your energy levels, but also reduces productivity. In one study published by Pennsylvania State University last year, researchers found that people who check their phones right after waking up actually have worse cognitive performance than those who don’t use their phones at all first thing in the morning.
If you’re addicted to social media, deleting your accounts might feel scary at first. It may even give you a feeling of loneliness and leave you with a constant urge to check your phone just to make sure everything’s okay. This feeling will pass in a couple of days, but if it gets too uncomfortable, simply limit your internet usage when you can. After all, it was never healthy for us to be on our phones all day anyway. So what are you waiting for? DELETE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS TODAY!
You are being manipulated
Social media might feel like a harmless way to waste time, but every minute you spend on sites like Facebook or Instagram means one less minute doing something else with your life. And if you’re not careful, you might be spending hours each day online—without even realizing it. Delete your social media accounts today and make sure that you never go back. You won’t regret it.
If you think you don’t have a problem with social media, consider how it affects your life. Do you feel like time spent on sites like Facebook or Instagram is wasted? Have you ever felt addicted to checking for new notifications and scrolling through endless posts? If so, don’t worry: You’re not alone. Even if social media isn’t an issue right now, chances are it will be soon—especially if companies keep using their power to make sure you stay hooked.
Elon Musk: In April 2018, billionaire Elon Musk told investors in Tesla that they should delete their social media accounts because robots are coming to take over. I think we’ll probably see less social media, generally, he said. And I think we’ll see less use of these other services like Facebook and Twitter and so forth—at least for a while. He went on to say that people who stay on sites like Facebook and Instagram risk being manipulated by companies who want to get you hooked on checking your phone every few minutes. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works, he said. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruths; and it’s not an American problem—this is not about Russian ads.
You are spending time on the wrong things
Stop. Delete social media. For several months, I’ve been telling clients to cut down on Facebook and Twitter usage. In fact, I’ve gone as far as to tell them not to use it at all—and that many of their employees should be blocked from using it at work because it’s a massive waste of time. Elon Musk agrees with me.
Why do I think that? Because it doesn’t matter what you post on social media, how often you check it or how many followers you have. In fact, if Elon was using Facebook he would be getting far more benefits from it—and you can too. It’s not about your presence on social media, but rather about knowing who to connect with—and why. Delete your accounts today and here’s how to start getting real value from social media.
What Elon Musk should be doing with social media: It’s not about posting. Sure, you can get a ton of value from posting on social media, but if that’s all you do it’s a huge waste of time. Look at how celebrities use social media—and you can too. Most of them don’t post anything and their presence on these platforms is almost non-existent, yet they get a ton of value from it. They connect with people who have built their careers based on using these platforms and understand how to use them well. Then they leverage those connections to grow their own brand and business so it goes far beyond just using one platform like Facebook or Twitter.
Even Entrepreneurs Have Time Management Issues
If you’re an entrepreneur, having a solid time management system in place can be crucial to your success. After all, if you’re working on growing your business, then it’s important that you work on growing yourself too. Make sure to carve out some time for activities that help keep your head in a good place—but also make sure not to let those activities take away from what’s important (building your business). It’s important to have a good balance and maintain perspective; life’s not just about work or family—or whatever else you might be balancing at any given moment. If your schedule doesn’t allow for both things and everything else, then it’s probably time to reevaluate.
Entrepreneurship can take up a lot of time, so it’s no surprise that even entrepreneurs struggle with scheduling their day. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, prioritise what’s important first—and if there’s still not enough time in your schedule for everything you want to do, consider looking for ways to delegate tasks or simply automate some of them. Whatever you decide, make sure you have time set aside to relax and recharge at least once per day so that your energy levels stay high and you don’t risk burning out. If the business is booming or your family life is exceptionally busy right now, then celebrate or take a mental health day when you need it. You won’t regret it—and neither will anyone else who relies on you!
To balance their businesses and their personal lives, many entrepreneurs have found value in some sort of time management system. For example, one way to manage your schedule is to create a calendar template for all of your daily activities. You can then use colour coding to indicate which tasks are more important than others, so that you’re spending most of your time working on items with a red tag (top priority), followed by yellow tags (medium priority) and finally green tags (low priority). This helps you keep track of everything going on in your life and gives you a better idea of how much time each activity takes up—so that if something has to be cut from your schedule, it’ll be easier to decide what that should be.
There Is Another Way to Live Life
Sometimes, Elon Musk’s tweets are little more than 140-character nuggets of wisdom. Other times, they’re just funny — and that’s okay too. But as we were reading about his recent tweet advising people to delete their social media accounts, we couldn’t help but wonder: why? If you don’t want to keep up with your family and friends on social media, fine. It doesn’t really matter why you choose not to do it.
But there’s something insidious about social media apps and sites. You can use them, or not use them. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about it, because you probably use Facebook anyway. And if you don’t want to keep up with your family and friends, that’s fine too — but keep in mind that it may come at a price.
As you scroll through your Facebook feed or Instagram, it can seem like everyone else is happy and successful. They’re posting pictures of their vacations, they’re dining at fancy restaurants and they’re trying exotic foods all over the world. And while it’s not necessarily a bad thing to post pictures of yourself on social media – because hey, social media can be fun – there are some dangers in viewing your friends as competition. Don’t fall into that trap. You’re better than that; you’re unique and you have a life too. Use social media for what it’s good for — staying in touch with friends and family — but don’t read too much into what others are doing online.
In short, social media can be addictive, especially if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling like you’re not good enough. Before you know it, your life becomes a choreographed picture-perfect display of what everyone else seems to have going on. But if that were true, they wouldn’t be spending all their time posting photos of themselves online — they would be out living those adventures. Don’t miss out on all those experiences. Live your own damn life without comparing it to everyone else’s highlight reel.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by social media, then delete your accounts now. Turn off all of your notifications and stop going on those apps entirely. There is nothing that can be said on social media that can’t be said in person — so don’t be afraid to tell people how you really feel. You’ll probably make a lot more friends than if you just continue with business as usual. But it will require some self-reflection and personal evolution — because it’s not easy to break out of bad habits.
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