Media Detox

MEDIA DETOX

 

This action involves *not* doing things. Lots of our media, especially the celebrity obsessed pages can be a bit toxic for self-esteem. Sometimes a bit of zen is achieved by putting such things to one side, even for a short period.

We know lots of people who despite really disliking the way The Daily Mail (as one example) treats women’s bodies as entertainment, find the Mail Online creepily fascinating and find themselves there everyday clicking the links against their better judgement. For this we can recommend ‘Kitten Block’. Just install the app for your web browser (link and instructions here: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/09/block-link-kittens-tea-daily) and instead of the Mail you’ll find yourself faced with Tea and Kittens, so much nicer!

If you try this, we’d love top know how you get on. Does it feel better? Do you miss whichever media you decide to avoid? Is it liberating? Use the comment box below.

  • Jo

    My New Years resolution in 2006 was to stop consuming celebrity mags and tabloid newspapers. In that time I have become so much more interested in the world around me, the impact media has in our society, and now understand how I had been so influenced and manipulated. I am so much happier and healthier as a result.
    On the down side, I’m rubbish at the picture round in the pub quiz!!

  • Vicky Chetley

    I did this action not out of immediate choice, but I was going away for a week with my mum and she put forth the idea of having a no internet & devices holiday which meant no access to social media or negative websites. At first I was terrified of the prospect but once I got past that I was excited to have a week off. Even if I’m not studying or at work my phone is still constantly buzzing, I’ve always got emails or notifications coming through and I didn’t realise how consuming it was. That’s not even taking into account the time I spend looking for media on the web. Having a week away from all social media and websites was enjoyable, even though there was still media around me on billboards I felt much less oppressed by it. I spent a lot of time looking at buildings and sights, and read nearly a book a day. I found I felt less stressed and barely missed the constant vibrating object in my pocket after the first day. Of course, when I eventually came home and turned my phone on the amount of emails and texts I’d missed made me feel a lot less relaxed, and I did found I wasn’t as up to date on world news (tried not to read newspapers either). However, this action reminded me that there is a much more exciting and beautiful world outside of my laptop and phone screen, and I’m planning to spend a lot less time attached to electronic devices in the future. I also got a lot of great reading done, something which I want to continue since we all deserve a bit of media free time!

    • Jo Harrison

      It’s easy to feel like we can’t manage without it, but the bit of peace that even an hour unplugged can give us is invaluable 🙂