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Excuse me, young ‘un
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SFS: Day 15
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SFS: Day 13
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SFS: Day 11
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Like fine wine
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SFS: Day 9
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SFS: Day 7
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SFS: Day Five
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SFS: Day 3
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Scroll-free September

SFS: Day 15

rsph.org.uk Almost half way through, and I’m still alive and kicking.  For the first time (read: weekend) since this challenge began, I’m actually not hankering to log onto Facebook. Or feel like I’m missing out on other peoples’ lives. Or having withdrawal symptoms from lack of social media surfing.  I had more time today to read, read and snooze in between. I’ve also discovered there’s a significant time lapse between my checking – in on WhatsApp, especially when a message or several come in.   Something good emerges from this abstinence. 

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SFS: Day 13

snap361.com At this point of the challenge, I may have reached the peak of my withdrawal symptoms. The weekend’s approaching and I seem to be at peace with it. Not looking forward to it as usual because of my Facebook time but accepting there would be no social media scrolling instead. And I’m not at my wits’ end. Is this progress or what?

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SFS: Day 11

Less than two weeks into this challenge and I already doubt my tenacity to keep at it. Today was no different: the withdrawal symptoms reared its head. Strange because it’s still a couple of days before my scheduled social media period. Once again I ask: how are social media addicts – with multiple ac counts  in various platforms – coping? With only Facebook to my name, I ‘m this close to a wreck, and 19 days to go.   gomedia.com

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SFS: Day 7

It’s another Friday. Before now, I looked forward to the weekend because it was, well, the weekend and my Facebook time. Not today. And it’s just day seven. Why did I think this challenge would be a walk in the park? Week one and I’m this close to climbing the wall. And all of my social media is Facebook. How are the addicts faring?!    

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Scroll-free September

Getty images A health and  well being charity is asking people to take back control of the technology in their lives by cutting back on – or even quitting – social media. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) launches Scroll Free September on 1 September, in what will be the first ever mass-participation social media-free month. The campaign follows extensive polling by the charity that sought to determine the effect social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have on people’s mental health and well being.                                                                               –Anthony Cuthberton, @ADCuthbertson                                                                      www.independent.co.uk                                                  This challenge might not be for me but I’m getting involved anyway.  I just took a quiz on rsph.org.co.uk to ascertain my social media index and find out how healthy my relationship with social media is, and if I’d benefit from taking a break. The ‘Low risk’ score I got was no surprise. It was suggested that I not only downgrade but go on the full cold turkey plan. (I’m afraid that is out of the question; I’m going cold turkey on something else this month) I’m on Facebook only on Fridays to Sundays. On LinkedIn rarely unless it is connected to a job opportunity. Instagram and Twitter are alien to me; I have no personal accounts or relations with either. Early on, during the explosion of social media apps, I settled on just two for fun and work – Facebook and LinkedIn respectively. For my sanity.  But I love a challenge, especially one with accompanying benefits.  Oliva Petter, @oliviapetter1, www.independent.co.uk, outlines at least”more

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