An Antidote to Social Media
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You know it. I know it. It’s obvious to anyone who spends any significant amount time plugged into social media.
It ain’t good for us.
In fact, studies show just that. We are constantly on our phones and on social media.
According to research firm Dscout, the typical cell phone user touches his or her phone 2,617 time every day….and that’s just the average user. Extreme cellphone users — meaning the top 10% — touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily.
How can you ever expect to get anything serious, meaningful, or memorable done with your life if you are that distracted? It’s a wonder anyone does anything at all!
And it’s not only that this constant contact with our phones is taking up all of our time, distracting us from better, healthier activities….
it’s actually making us unhappy.
One study found that Facebook use was linked to both less moment-to-moment happiness and less life satisfaction—the more people used Facebook in a day, the more these two variables dropped off.
Put simply: More Facebook = Less Happiness.
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?
Finding love, happiness, leading a good and virtuous life… these aren’t new problems. They’ve been around for thousands of years… as long as there have been humans.
There ARE solutions.
All the great and difficult problems in life have been studied and written about (beautifully in fact). The solutions to your toughest questions about love, life, and happiness are all available.
And today, I’ll show you how you can find them all… IN ONE PLACE. It may be the most valuable source of wisdom I’ve ever run across.
What I’m going to show you today is completely different. It’s a compilation of practical wisdom that you can use, starting today, to live a better, happier, more virtuous life. I’ll show you more in a moment.
But first…if you take nothing else from my letter, you need to hear this: quit your social media today. Delete them. Don’t wait. Do it today and don’t look back. It is the first step on your path to a wiser, happier, more peaceful life. And the sooner you do it, the better. Why?
Facebook Addiction Disorder
A mountain of evidence now shows that not only could social media have a negative impact on politics (and our elections), it poses an even more serious threat: your mental health and well-being.
Social Media (and video games) are actually designed to make you addicted, with no foresight into your well-being as a result. It uses something called persuasive technology, a discipline in which digital machines and apps — including smartphones, social media, and video games — are configured to alter human thoughts and behaviors.
The creator, Dr. B.J. Fogg, a psychologist and the father of persuasive technology, speaks openly of the ability to use smartphones and other digital devices to change our ideas and actions:
“We can now create machines that can change what people think and what people do, and the machines can do that autonomously.”
Their goal is to make you spend as much time on these technologies as possible – and it hurts the young the most.
This information is only coming out now as Tech Industry giants -such as Sean Parker, Tristan Harris, Tony Fadell- are admitting the dangers they didn’t think about in their 20’s…because now they have children.
A review study from Nottingham Trent University… concluded that “it may be plausible to speak specifically of ‘Facebook Addiction Disorder’… because addiction criteria, such as neglect of personal life, mental preoccupation, escapism, mood modifying experiences, tolerance and concealing the addictive behavior, appear to be present in some people who use [social networks] excessively.”
Yet another analysis looked at how we make comparisons to others posts, in “upward” or “downward” directions—that is, feeling that we’re either better or worse off than our friends. It turned out that both types of comparisons made people feel worse.
To be clear, this is not the pursuit of knowledge through technology. It’s slavery and addiction to our appetites. Fortunately, there’s a better way to live more essentially.
As we mentioned, the first place to start is to quit or cut down on social media… Studies have repeatedly shown that taking a break from Facebook helps boost psychological well-being… even a short hiatus can have a meaningful impact.
But there’s a lot more to it than just switching off and tuning out.
FINDING HAPPINESS AMID DESPAIR
Social media and facebook are actually symptoms of a much greater, far deeper problem. We are living in a world of short attention spans, reality tv, and tinder swipes… a world of shallow, quick fix ‘gratification.’
Any wonder then that we’ve strayed from the path of true and lasting happiness…we don’t even really know what it is anymore.
You probably feel this already, intuitively.
You can see this in the news, in the statistics, in the very tragic state of affairs. Drug addictions and related deaths, to take just one of many examples, are at an all time high in America. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids.
That number is almost double what it was just a decade ago. (Source: CDC WONDER)
Suicide is also an issue. In June, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) released a report suggesting that America’s suicide rate increased by 25% between 1999 and 2016.
Suicide, along with drug overdoses and liver disease, are considered ‘deaths of despair’. There couldn’t be a greater indication of the current state of happiness – or lack thereof.
We aren’t doing ourselves any good… We aren’t going our kids any good… We aren’t doing our society any good.
Clearly, we aren’t happy.
The crazy part of all of this is that the key to happiness -real happiness- is right in front of us. In fact, it’s been there all along.
Finding happiness…living a good life…trying to be a better person…these aren’t new problems. They’re human problems. They’ve always been with us.
What’s more, for thousands of years, thoughtful, smart and serious people have written about exactly these problems! Their answers are right there in black and white for us. The distilled wisdom of thousands of years of actual human experience with the same issues you grapple with today.
But not 1 in a 1000 people knows where to look.
Today, I want to show you exactly where to look. You’ll find what you’re looking for in an exceptional resource.
Most people seek out happiness in purely superficial ways.
They spend hours at the gym or fixated on the latest fad diets… They pour through magazines and head to the shops… They slave long hours for ungrateful bosses at unsatisfying jobs…
And between these moments of misery and unfulfillment, they take refuge in the false reality of Social Media.
Look around you the next time you’re out. See just how many people are glued to their phones and tablets…the true beauty of life just passing them by, one precious moment after another.
Fortunately, there IS a roadmap to real and lasting happiness. And it’s been known and studied for centuries.
We know we need to clear some space in our minds. We have to put down our phones and make some room in our brains for something meaningful, something lasting… a real path to happiness and knowledge.
But where to start?
You may not be surprised to learn… it all starts with…
In the words of the Roman Emperor and great Stoic, Marcus Aurelius:
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
If you sense that in our fast-paced culture of instant communication and constant stimulation we’ve forgotten what’s important, you’re right.
In a world where we are constantly told WHAT to think, we’ve suddenly forgotten HOW to think.
The key here lies in decluttering our minds… emptying out all that toxic misinformation… and getting back to a few basic, core values.
This is where a firm understanding of some Classic texts can not only help guide us, but also liberate us from our anxieties and unhappiness.
To be sure, these are not dry and dusty stories only interesting to historians and librarians and scholars.
Far from it.
These ancient texts contain critical lessons, studied and mastered by some of history’s most critical thinkers and passed down through the ages (often in a wildly entertaining way).
Any wonder they are still read by some of the most powerful, influential people on the planet to this day.
Experience. Knowledge. Wisdom. That’s what the classics have to offer. And that’s exactly what’s missing from today’s world.
Today’s entertainment is empty, vulgar, or downright evil.
It is no exaggeration to say, we risk losing our entire civilization – all the valuable lessons we learned from the ancient world – if we don’t take time to remember and relearn them.
Worse than that, we risk losing the very fundamental values of life: Real Happiness… Lasting Pleasure… True Virtue…
To quote the great Philosopher Aristotle:
Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character…
– Politics, Book VII, 1323b.1
So, where does one begin such a quest to improve our minds and character?
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For instance did you know that…
- It was only after being shamefully exiled that the historian, Thucydides was able to fulfill his History of the Peloponnesian War?
- Aristotle, the great philosopher, was also the tutor of a young Alexander the great, perhaps the closest example we have of Plato’s Philosopher King?
- That Aeschylus, the legendary playwright, was almost killed on stage when he revealed the mysteries of a religious cult?
- Or did you know that some believe that The Odyssey, one of the greatest masterpieces of the Western world, was actually written by a woman?
These are but a few small instances of knowledge that would go unknown by the typical thinker, the type of person who only looks at the surface level material… that stares at their social media accounts like a zombie.
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