In our private lives, most of us live a lot in the Digital World – maybe it’s dealing with emails, streaming TV, catching up on social media, watching a movie or YouTube video, communicating with friends and family and for home admin etc.
There is a lot of good content on the Internet, but there is also a huge amount of digital pollution – consider spam messages, scams, pointless emails, pointless websites, celebrity trivia, fake news, fake reviews, meaningless social media etc.
This all clogs up our email systems, social media feeds and the Internet generally and wastes so much of our precious time.
It will also have an effect on us, it’s becoming harder to tell the fake news from the facts, harder to spot the fake reviews, the phishing emails and more. We have to put in more effort and be more vigilant against the tidal wave of digital pollution clogging up our lives.
But, you don’t have to let it take-over your life. The suggestions below can help you to unclog that digital world.
Clean your inbox and unsubscribe from polluting newsletters that you don’t read.
Only cc and bcc people when really necessary.
Send lighter emails – you can use services such as WeTransfer if you need to send large files to someone.
Set your email system to only check for new emails every hour or two rather than every 5 minutes as used by many.
Turn off notifications. You don’t need to know the second someone gives you a Facebook like.
Restrict your access to social media to specific short periods each day.
Only post useful content and only read useful content, not the blathering of the stupid.
Don’t chase likes or Friends – it is empty and leads to people posting endless rubbish.
The social media companies don’t pay you so don’t keep creating content and viewing content on their behalf. (some people do earn money from YouTube etc. of course).
Don’t bother following or reading about celebrities – they know as little as most people and have nothing to offer worthwhile.
Turn off sound notifications – you don’t need to know the second a message arrives.
At night, put the phone on charge in a different room to where you sleep and turn it off.
Don’t use ring tones that may annoy others, especially if you’re travelling by trains and buses.
Take back control of your digital life – don’t let it control you.
Do let us know by email, how you unclog your digital life.
The Digital World is increasingly polluted with lies, scams, endless Marketing and general rubbish – spam, fake products, fake services, fake news, falsified reviews, idiots pouring out meaningless drivel onto the Internet to satisfy their own egos, celebrity trivia and more and all of this drowns out the useful, helpful and honest content.
Some suggestions for positive and negative contributions in the Digital World
Meaningful reviews of products, services and companies
Fake or inaccurate reviews or paid for reviews
Search Engine Optimisation
– Honest backlinks
– Structured Content
– Honest, original content
– Honest blog posts, articles etc.
Black SEO or cheat SEO
– Paid for backlinks
– False structuring
– Faked content
– Bought blog posts, articles etc.
Organic growth in friends, followers, likes etc. on social media
Paid for growth in friends, followers, likes etc. on social media
Useful comments on blogs, forums, websites etc.
Spam comments on blogs, forums, websites etc.
Emails to one or a few people
Emails cc’d to half the organisation
Newsletters produced to a schedule with no discernible content
Opinions masquerading as Facts
Vacuous, nasty or shouting conversations
What would you add to the positive side or negative side or both? Let me know by email.
The Digital world can be fun, entertaining, instructive, informative and wonderful, but also sad, nasty, destructive and dangerous and every other emotion and purpose you can think of.
We all create the content and services – good and bad but most people agree now that the Digital World can be very stressful and many things that people use the most only add to the stress of modern living. E.g. Facebook is not designed to help you but to make money for the owners and deliberately stresses users with constant reminders, notifications and updates that only serve Facebook’s need for you to constantly use the service.
Unclog your digital life by taking simple actions to regain control.
Your smart phone is your servant not your master. Turn it off at night and whenever you can.
Set all APPS to no notifications – you don’t need to know the second an email arrives or someone on Facebook likes your page.
Uninstall /delete any programmes, services and APPS that aren’t genuinely useful to you.
Cancel all newsletters and anything similar that clogs up your email.
Unsubscribe from everything online you’re subscribed to unless you really cannot do without it.
Talk to real people – don’t avoid them by using text messages instead.
Make time to eat properly, not on the move rushing from one place to the next and no screens to look at while eating.
Make time to unwind before sleep and get a decent 7-9 hours sleep every night (phone turned off)
If you’re an avid game player – limit the time you spend on the games and never just before bedtime.
Practice mindfulness (with or without an APP)
Let me know your thoughts on the Digital World and the stress it puts us under and how we could learn to better manage it.