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Recently I Decided to Do a LinkedIn Detox. One Month Later, Here Are the Highlights of My Experience

Recently I Decided to Do a LinkedIn Detox. One Month Later, Here Are the Highlights of My Experience

Rationale

Although I’m generally quite content with my life and rather disciplined as an individual, at one point I noticed that during my day I was often feeling frustrated, disappointed about the world, and not as productive as I would like to be. So, after noticing the toll certain interactions on LI had on me (interactions with people I respected back then), I decided that maybe I should do an experiment and see how this whole LI matter was a factor in all this. So, I deactivated the keyboard shortcut I had for the LI site, logged off the social medium, and started a new habit on my habit tracker app which I titled “LI detox.” My goal was to go without commenting on any posts or posting anything on the platform, for at least 2 weeks.


First Few Days

The first few days were hard. The impulse to visit the site and check my feed was quite strong. Yet, I knew that once this happened, it wouldn’t be long before the whole experiment would crumble. I didn’t want to burn any bridges with the network though since there are a few people who for some bizarre reason prefer to contact me via the LI communicator (maybe they don’t trust email?) plus my publisher would share recent Amazon sales reports regularly, something that I wanted to be in the loop for. All this made the whole detox experiment harder.


Psychological Effects

After a couple of weeks I started feeling the effects of the detox process. I was feeling more positive, optimistic, and even my sense of humor had improved. I would contact people more, over other communication means, have more meaningful interactions, and experience a better state of well-being overall. At first I thought that this was due to my increased engagement with people on beBee, but even during the days when my engagement was limited, my positivity continued.


Effect on Productivity and Creativity

Needless to say, with more time on my hands and less frustration in my mind, I felt more productive and more creative. For example, on a good week I used to create one technical video for Safari. During the LI detox month, I’d finish a video in 4 days and there was one week when I completed 2 videos! Also, the quality of my work had increased. What’s more, recently I came up with a solution to a scientific problem that I’d be pondering on for over a year, and even implemented a practical solution to the problem via a programming script.


Connectivity and Staying Up-to-date

Naturally, connectivity with other professionals was more limited, while staying up-to-date with developments in my field was more challenging. I started relying on Twitter for the latter, while used this as well as other media to stay connected more. Newer connections were fewer but those that came by were more in-depth and meaningful. Also, for an old associate of mine who I hadn’t talked in months, I connected with him via the LI messenger at one point, since he preferred to reach out to me through that medium. That was the hardest thing for me, since those notification and new connection bubbles with big numbers in them were very enticing. Yet, I resisted and just did the messenger part only.


Conclusions

After completing a whole month of LI detox, I deduced that I can go on for much longer and probably I will. Besides, there are better ways to share updates with the world (Twitter for example had a much greater effect on my blog’s traffic than LI ever did), while there are plenty of ways to learn the latest news on data science and AI, without having to read LI articles and the uninformed comments that are attached to them like fleas to a dog. As for connectivity, fortunately LI is not the only professional social medium out there, even if it is the most popular one. Perhaps the alternatives are actually a good filter, exposing me to the more open-minded and alternatively thinking professionals out there, able to interact with other people in a constructive manner.


What are your thoughts? Have you done or would you do a social medium detox?

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Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

3 anni fa #10

#11
Well, you can always put a link on your LI account that points to your beBee one, keep your beBee profile up-to-date, and ask whoever visits your LI profile to check out your beBee one for the latest career developments. I hope that helps...

La verdad no me ha ido muy bien con LinkedIn, incluso cerre la cuenta por ahora, aunque acepto que nunca actualice mi experiencia laboral, no había mucha promoción para mi, no se que consejo puedas brindarme para llegar a dar a conocer mi trabajo y conseguir un empleo honesto? Gracias y saludos.

Louise Smith

3 anni fa #8

Great Post Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris Really well explained ! I regularly detox from all social media mainly because I am forced to as I get too much work to do so don't have time. But as I didn't grow up with it & don't have an addictive personality I find it relatively easy to go a day or two or a weekend without looking at any even my mobile (sometimes I just forget to check) I only have social media on my laptop not on my mobile My mobile lives in silence in my office While I have got to like corresponding & meeting people on social media I also now appreciate the quality varies greatly so it's about finding the right peer group/colleagues as well as the platform I still prefer to talk f2f & one day hope I can travel up North Up Over to meet some Bees whom I like to interact with I'm glad you wrote about social media detox I often wonder if social media is really for me I regularly suffer from "social media imposter syndrome " Nice to know others question this huge social phenomena I have 2 dachshunds that need 2 walks minimum a day & a number of short wee walks too. I love gardening & I love camping so I like to be outside not stuck to a blue screen

Louise Smith

3 anni fa #7

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Great ideas ! You are so brave Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven !

Pascal Derrien

3 anni fa #6

I think it becomes problematic when the instinct is contaminated by false habits and illusions but like anything else all in good moderation and it's healthy to prioritise outdoors activity especially at this time of the year 😀

Detoxing from social media is a wise move. There's more to life than being tied to a computer or a cell phone. Social media has its advantages but it shouldn't become a way of life. Excessive use of anything is not healthy.

It is not a surprise that both linkedIn & Facebook ae loosing clients and users, they both abused of the "dopamine engine", and know as the users base grow old and wiser, people discover that, LinkedIn wasn't meant to add value to the user, but more server HR and corporation. Detoxing from social medias of any type is a sane behavior. I like what you wrote. Keep the good blogging alive!

Breaking a habit is challenging and you described this challenge beautifully Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. The habit of visiting a social platform (LI in your case) revealed some interesting "discoveries". While in Istanbul last week I decided to leave my laptop in Amman to isolate myself from social platforms. I couldn't do it with your determination as very occasionally I visited beBee. Sometimes we need to free ourselves from the "habit intoxication".

open up for the new, read below what it can generate!

First of all, I love what you did. You opened up for a whole new experience and shared it with us after learning from what it did to you. Secondly, you are right, we should all feel what is the best for our well-being and act on it. It does not make sense to follow the crowd when it does not make you happy.

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