Almost exactly one year ago, I went on a consumption diet because I was “a faint shadow of what I am capable of.”
A consumption diet, which is a term I made up because of how clever I am, means I stopped spending so much time consuming media, in the hopes that it would lead to me being more productive, less stressed, and happier.
I didn’t realize it had been so long until my wife noticed it pop up on her Facebook as a “One year ago today” post.
Did it work? Yes.
And also no.
Even though my initial plan was only to deprive myself of social media, YouTube, Reddit, Hacker News, Feedly, and podcasts for 2½ months, I still have not rejoined Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter on a regular basis. One year later, I find myself very occasionally embarrassed that something has happened in a friend’s life that I didn’t catch wind of, but that is easily fixed with an actual conversation, and in fact this newsletter is partly a strategy to spark just that sort of thing.
I have had a couple of YouTube relapses, but am currently back on the wagon. For me YouTube is seriously the worst, most nefarious, most insidiously “this feels like learning so it’s not wasting time, right?” time suck in the world.
I do check Reddit occasionally, and now that I’m writing a “here’s some interesting things!” newsletter, I’m definitely checking my RSS feeds in Feedly at least every Sunday to see what there is to see.
All in all, though, I can say that the experiment was a success, not because I’ve cured myself, but because I confirmed that it’s a real problem that needs constant attention.
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And now, some media for you to consume, accompanied by words I spent a long time crafting to make you feel like you’re missing out if you don’t…