I've taken the right decision to permanently erase my remaining "social media".
Some while ago I deleted my Facebook account and as a couple of days ago I deleted LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Somehow this is the right decision for me, because I have strong feelings about social media and our way of contact that's evolving towards somewhere I don't quite appreciate. I'm personally a bit compulsive and obsessive and I've always found my preoccupation for likes and attention silly and irreverent, however is a good boost in healthy doses, in other platforms tends to be a constant flow of this opioid and I've seen myself caring for it in an unconscious way.
My remaining "social platforms" are this one, DeviantArt. I quite appreciate the flow of things here, is a very community oriented gallery and informal enough to allow many things I like, without getting itself into the Facebook problem. The other one is ArtStation for obvious reasons and my webpage www.fesbra.com.
I know that at a certain point I'll fully abandon DeviantArt as well, however I don't see myself doing that for many many years to come. In a future I hope to just have my webpage to give attention too.
The change I've noticed since I fully erased Instagram (a platform that I gave attention daily) was that my cellphone no longer hold interest to me. And I today tried and succeeded by putting it away on a drawer without looking at it for almost half a day, while I wrote and painted. I did noticed looking at it in the morning to see any notifications and I realized that there was nothing to see really. I felt an empty feeling, almost immediately giving away I was effectively addicted to it.
DeviantArt is social media however. I think is different though. Because it's a mild interaction. I know that there's a reason why I'm writing here, because most likely this is going to reach others and create a "conversation" making me feel better and less lonely. I'm no hypocrite. But as I said before I will abandon this platform some day for good too for the same reasons.
I've noticed people reject actively the idea of deleting your social media. I gave myself (and others gave me) for years the excuse that it's a dramatic and exaggerated move as I can just block it for a while and not lose important contacts, data or what a lot of people in this career care about deeply like if it were gold nuggets, their reach
. Personally my experience with "work" comes and has always come from 3 places.
- Sending e-mails to the companies I want to work for.
- Other people sharing my work regardless...
In terms of professional contacts, nothing beats the old e-mail. If I'm not moving fast enough or am I not at a click distance from a potential employer anymore? Or I'm not going to be everywhere anymore? I need to stay up to the speed of the industry? I don't care. If nothing it will be a bigger better push for me to get better at my craft and let the images do the talking. Instead of spamming myself like if people actually cared about every little step I'm taking. The reality is simple. They don't, they're just as addicted to information as I was to attention, and those who do hold a special connection to what I do and understand it will most likely keep an eye on what I do. I remember for many years, way before Facebook I used to follow Todd Lockwood's work like a true fan. Checking his webpage for updates almost every month by having to sit down and turn on my family's computer and waiting for it to load with our shitty internet. He wouldn't refresh his webpage for a full year sometimes and that's fine. He still had work to do, he was living his life happy, getting paid, getting busy and enjoying it like a normal person.
So yeah, it's not such a big deal after all. It's all in our minds. It's a fantasy world we made real, a simulacrum. Believe me it's not important if you're not actively making money with it like those "influencers" who earn big money from sponsors. And after almost 3k followers on Instagram, 330 on Twitter, and some worthless recommendations on my profile on LinkedIn... it's all the same. The only thing that's gonna give me a job at the end is my work.