Sunday, March 5, 2017

In the News: You Could Read 200 Books in the Time Spent on Social Media

I caught this article on Facebook the other day that said that, with the amount of time people spend on social media, they could have read 200 books in a year. I totally believe this. There are plenty of days in my past that I’ve had a time suck on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest (not so much Twitter, though. I am not great at Twitter). This has been especially prevalent the past few months, since the election. I would obsess over every article coming out about the current administration.

Since so much of my marketing for my businesses and my own personal writing comes from being on social media, I feel like I have to start limiting myself to just a few minutes a day for both business and pleasure. I spend so much of my day with Facebook just open in the background. I actually just stopped to close it. It’s going to be about time management. Less time reading useless stuff, more time reading literature and writing. This is easier said than done.

I spent the last week practicing this. I was extremely busy at work and with my business, but I used my spare time that I would normally just surf Facebook by reading a book. I finished a 256-page book in 4 days without just sitting down and reading for hours at a time. It was in about 10 to 20 minute increments probably ten to twelve times a day. I will admit, it was an Agatha Christie book (Cat Among the Pigeons), so it was a quick read anyway, but I was surprised at how quickly I did get through it.

Now, if only I could convince myself to write this way! I must work this into the mix, for sure.

So, here’s the goal: Less Social Media, More Books!