THE BREAK / by Sophie Amono

When social media takes up about 70% of what you call your day job it can be rather difficult to separate oneself from this medium of self expression. In reality though doing social media as a job will lead to total digital burnout and the inability to really filter information (slash decipher between important and irrelevant emotion online), leading to a state of constant panic where all views disappear into a smorgasbord of sTUFFs that really doesn't hold any real value at all.

So at the end of July I decided it was time to go offline on all of my social media accounts. No more daily updates. No more expressing emotion in a 140 character tweet. No more Instagram stalking or comparisons but rather just straight up social media for work and nothing else.

Yes, it took some getting used to but do you know what the result was? I felt less stressed and more able to acknowledge and interpret the situations happening around me for what they really were. From grief to elation back down to disappointment without the digital culture of iPower my mind was able to experience the situation without the constant pressure of voyeuristic documentation. I didn't have an audience so therefore it was just me, myself and I to delve into the here & now.

The world we live in is unravelling before our very eyes and unless we reconnect with bigger powers than ourselves we will only continue to grown in our sense of self importance and iPower warped philosophy - making us inevitably one of the most stagnant human civilisations in the past 6,000 years of human existence.

In fact more than anything this return to personal digital communication is to remind me that I survived existing without the need of social media and that in the grand scheme of things social media really means nothing unless we are really in tune with the reality of our fellow humans.