If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll have seen me go on about how humans need social interaction. Social interaction is a core need in life, whether it be for love, friendship or just an acquaintance. Without social interaction, it is easy to become a hermit, fearing the world and everyone in it.

So, for the moment we can likely agree we need social interaction. But, not all social interaction is good social interaction. We all have differing opinions and outlooks on life; it’s a fundamental right to think what you want. But have you ever come away from a conversation in a bad mood? We all have, whether we remember it happening or not, we’ve all had a heated discussion at some point, and we’ve come away from it not feeling good.

I hear you thinking “what’s this got to do with slimming? I thought this was a blog about a guy trying to lose weight.”

I struggle to lose weight because I am an emotional eater. That’s not the whole reason why I struggle to lose weight efficiently, but it’s a huge factor. Now, do you see where I’m heading with this? No? Keep reading.

It’s currently November 2020. We’ve been living the last eight months or longer in fear. Fear of something we cannot see, but this invisible “being” has had the most significant effect on people since, probably, World War II. You may agree or disagree with that, but I don’t remember anything quite this harmful in my lifetime of 32 years.

Where is this going? If you’ve not figured it out yet, I’m heading to a particular type of social interaction being bad for my weight loss. I’ve been stuck in a rut, with no motivation what so ever recently to help my self.

Social Media

Social media is a fantastic tool if used in the right way. But what I have found is that it gives too many people a platform to spread hatred. I grew up with the line of thumper in my head.

Thumper, from Disney’s Bambi

It would appear that some people take to social media to say things they wouldn’t in person – hiding behind the keyboard as I call it. It started to bring me down, and it put me in an incredibly bad mood at times. That then lead to me stress eating, hence the relevance here.

I was then getting annoyed at notifications from some specific apps. Someone had uploaded a photo – not of me or anything to do with me, just that they had uploaded a photo. Why the hell was I getting this? I found I was clicking it, then being drawn into the whole thing over and over. It was just a quick look at the photo before I knew it ten minutes had passed, and I was again in a foul mood.

It wasn’t long after that when I watched a docu-film called “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix. I’m not an avid fan of docu-films – but this one gripped me. It scared me from the off, more so than horror films. What social media companies do to us is inhumane. If you’ve not seen it, you need to see it. It’s an excellent insight into the behaviour around phones and in particular social media.

Since then, I removed Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest and Reddit from my phone. My accounts are still active, my blog posts are shared on some of these services automatically – but for me, I will not be spending endless hours scrolling on them.

Have I felt better since then? Yes and no. As I removed those apps, Lockdown 2.0 in England kicked in. I’ve had to stop watching the news due to the pandemic too. Each news channel seems to have a new “expert” weekly with a differing opinion to the last, and that is highly annoying.

I need to find me again, not get annoyed at other people being horrid. Space is hopefully something I can use to get back on track.