The Next Fix

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Is there no escape?

As I write this, I have not used Twitter in 170 days.
 
My blog is more active, I catch up with friends more often, either over the phone or in person over drinks — and let me tell you, hot takes are better shared with friends than millions of strangers, and I’m exposed to a lot less non-sense hidden behind Intro to Sociology terms.
 
I am no less addicted to the damn Internet.

 
I now have Tumblr (yes, at my big age) that I use as a dumping/feeding ground for fanfic inspiration. It’s 100% a creative space where I simply push out content and don’t really engage (again, because I still feel too damn old for Tumblr), but it keeps the creative juices flowing.
 
There’s Pinterest, which fulfills the need for mindless scrolling of pretty things. Lots of Sebastian Stan and Chris Pine staring steely blue eyes into a camera, instructions on how to style a basic black T-shirt, and lightweight dumbbell exercises for beginners over there.
 
And then there’s Instagram, which has infiltrated the space once occupied by Twitter. The “I didn’t realize I’ve been staring at my phone for 40 full minutes and have nothing to show for it” social media experience that I thought I escaped.
 
Excuse me while I slam my head on my desk.

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a girl named rob

I used to be "skinny black girl." I'm now a slender woman on the other side of 35 with no new moniker who is not quite interested in writing under her given name. Still writing my life, a day (or some months) at a time. Also, still black.

3 thoughts on “The Next Fix”

  1. I can totally relate to this. In the past, my social media withdrawal has been curbed with the Apple News app and The Score. The addiction to the screen is real.

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    1. Since writing this, I’ve set time limits to certain apps on my phone (Instagram, specifically) and it’s been a huge help. I’ve also stopped taking my phone to the restroom or grabbing it whenever I leave my desk. Feels like I’m trending toward getting this under control. lol. Hopefully.

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      1. I have a two hour limit on IG and Twitter and exceed it everyday I log on to Twitter. I deleted the apps and still log on in Safari..🙃

        I may need to try separating myself physically from my phone in order to break my dependency.
        The problem is I listen to podcasts while I work. They have integrated everything into the phone and the minute you pick it up, you’re a zombie with little control over the mindless scrolling.

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