“Monk Mode” - limiting social media.

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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Mon Oct 02, 2023 3:53 pm This has to be one of the daftest articles I’ve seen recently.

What happened to good old-fashioned common sense and willpower?
I think if it were as simple as that there would be no alcoholics, no drug addiction, no gambling crisis, nobody would be overweight and there would be no smokers, saving those who didn’t want to give up.

Fact is, in all of these things, some people can do it, some can’t and there are things available to help those that want to but need some support - if it helps people achieve what they otherwise would not, I’m all for it. Whatever works.
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Whatever next....before long there will be Toilet App to tell us when to go...
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I’ve been thinking about this thread a lot over the last 24 hours. It really got me thinking about the mindless time I spend scrolling on social media and the need for a healthier alternative. In response, I deleted Instagram from my phone today (and some other apps that encourage unproductive behavior). I’d seriously consider abandoning the platform completely the way I did Facebook, but it’s the primary way I stay in touch with former students and some friends. It’s the scrolling out of boredom, though! It’s killing me! I’m hoping removing IG from my phone will help and also keep me more in the moment when I’m out and about. I’ll keep it on my iPad so that I can continue to connect with people.

On a related note, I’ve not been nearly as active on the forum lately, for more or less the same reason - I’m tired of it being a crutch of sorts, something to do without much thought, you know? Again, I don’t want to walk away because I value the folks I’ve met here and the interactions I have, but my engagement needs to be more….what’s the word?….focused, maybe?

As a final thought, here’s an excellent video about the power of social media. It’s Simon Sinek discussing millennials. Fast forward to 3:15 to hear him talk about social media as an addiction. It’s astounding. Sinek is a great speaker, by the way, if you’ve never heard him before. Check him out.


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^^ ^^
This discussion crops up a lot on this forum; the so-called pitfalls of social media. Simply put social media is the greatest tool ever designed for creating feelings of gratification and validation. Some people have the toolbox to be able to manage that and, unfortunately, some don't. My concern is that the whole social media thing is remapping how a lot of people think and behave. We are in the middle of a huge psychological experiment. One of the biggest examples of cause and effect I can think of.

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I’m happy to say I’m not a member of any social media groups, apart from 2 Forums. A Jack Daniel’s collectors forum and this one.

I’ve never felt the need to be part of FB, X (formerly known as Twitter, as the BBC constantly state) or Instagram.
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I had a lovely morning with a class of 12 and 13-year-olds today. I started my “new job” last week, teaching Spanish for a few hours a week as a maternity cover.

Last week we learned the verbs and phrases, and today you are going to write a paragraph in Spanish, in your books, about your daily routine, using the instructions you have been given. Please leave your iPad switched off and face down on the table.

Can’t we write it in Word?
No, you can’t copy and paste something you found on the Internet. Use the materials given, write it in your book, using a standard blue pen as per school policy. Best handwriting please, Year 8.

MUMBLE GRUMBLE BUMBLE SNOT FAIR!

Can we watch…?
No.
Can we play…?
No.
Can we go on…?
No. We can get on with the writing task.
Can we check our emails?
No. You’re in my lesson and I haven’t sent you any.

MUMBLE GRUMBLE BUMBLE SNOT FAIR!

Can we look words up on Google Translate?
No, there’s a box of dictionaries at the back of the room and a Spanish speaker at the front. Do your research.

You don’t teach like Mrs S!
No, that’s because she’s about 30 and wasn’t around in the Cretaceous period. Get on with it.

MUMBLE GRUMBLE BUMBLE SNOT FAIR!

Guess what, half an hour later they were actually enjoying it and feeling they had achieved something.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Wed Oct 04, 2023 7:17 pm …Guess what, half an hour later they were actually enjoying it and feeling they had achieved something.
Imagine that! Kids want to be taught, like actually taught.
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