Social Media & Technology: Epilogue

When Deepika first asked me to help edit her book, I didn't think what she had to say really concerned me much. Sure, I use social media, and without the benefits of technology I'd have a tough time keeping my week organized. 

Wait, organized is too soft - I need technology quite badly. 

Wait, that's not enough either - without technology I'd be out of a job in a week and I wouldn't be able to pay the bills. 

Jeez, when you put it that way, it sounds like I was plugged in pretty deeply. I was dependent on the advances of technology to stay afloat. 

That doesn't sound very healthy now, does it?

Finding the Balance

Even though I was working on the project, Deepika's message started to steadily gain more steam. As I worked through each chapter I realized just how glued my phone was to my hand. Rarely did I find myself in a situation where I didn't have a device with me, even when other devices were running in the background. 

It was too much. 

I imagine a lot of you felt the same thing as you ironically swiped between the digital pages of Deepika's book. But if you're like me and you're not ready to throw your phone in the river, hopefully you gained some insightful tips and tricks to balance your relationship with your phone. 

Because even though it contains a thousand years' worth of knowledge and entertainment, it's still just a thing. 

And you're a person. Congratulations!

Here's each chapter one more time, thanks for reading, and stay balanced!

Introduction: On Social Media & Technology


Chapter 1: Is Technology Stressing You Out?


Chapter 2: The Reasons For Social Overload


Chapter 3: Where Does Stress Come From?


Chapter 4: It's Not All Bad; Daily Benefits of Social Media & Technology


Chapter 5: The 11 Culprits of Connection


Chapter 6: The Mind is the Real Deal


Chapter 7: Technology & the Herd Mentality


Chapter 8: How to Unplug & Take Back Your Life


Chapter 9: Let's Get Real About Unplugging


Chapter 10: How to Help Your Overly Plugged in Friends


Chapter 10: How to Help Your Overly Plugged in Friends

Chapter 10: How to Help Your Overly Plugged in Friends

Do you have friends who are in too deep?

We’re reached the beginning of the end of our story, a chapter I hope finds you well on your way to new beginnings and a daily routine augmented by technology. Through these pages, you’ve learned how to unplug. It’s not a problem for you.

But that doesn’t mean it might not be a problem for someone else.

Chapter 9: Let’s Get Real About Unplugging

Chapter 9: Let’s Get Real About Unplugging

By no means am I in the camp that says humanity absolutely must live off the grid without the advances of technology. Hopefully that much is clear at this point! But I also hope it’s clear that we should be using technology to benefit our lives. We should be using technology - technology shouldn’t be using us.

The funny thing is that technology actually wants us to find the right balance. Our devices want us to unplug from time to time. Probably because they know the all or nothing approach won’t work in the end.

These machines are so smart. Or maybe the intelligence is in the humans who created these machines?

Either way...

Chapter 8: How to Unplug and Take Your Life Back

Chapter 8: How to Unplug and Take Your Life Back

Our connection with technology is dependant on multiple ingredients. The good news is we get to pick and choose what we want to include in the finished product. It’s important to remember that each of us will have our own recipe for social glory, and that recipe will vary according to our unique situations. So, if we’re making our own rules, it’s good to know what the menu options are. For me, that means today I have my phone tucked away in another room so I don’t have to think about it. But tomorrow, I may need to make myself available 24/7. And you? Well perhaps you never have to be on call - lucky you! It’s abundantly clear at this point that our devices seem to be tethered to us all the time.

But maybe it’s actually the other way around - maybe it’s us who are tethered to them.

So what are we going to do about it?

Chapter 1: Is Technology Stressing You Out?

Chapter 1: Is Technology Stressing You Out?

Well done! Reading this book is a fantastic first step in changing your relationship with social media and technology. These tools should serve you, and not the other way around, right?

Right, we can all agree on that. By the end of my book, the only changes you’ll make are ones that feel right to you. No, you don’t have to throw your phone in the trash. After all, achieving wellness is impossible with a black-and-white, all-or-nothing approach. Instead, these pages will help you reflect on how plugged in you are so you can decide what's working for you and what's working against you.  

Let's get started, shall we?

Introducing a Brand New Way to Find Balance with Social Media & Technology

Introducing a Brand New Way to Find Balance with Social Media & Technology

A blank page awaits me.

So let’s get to it. 

I'm Kelvin, and today I’m proud to introduce a brand new book written by my friend Deepika Mittra called Social Media & Technology, How to Use It Without Being Consumed By It.

It’s a book to teach people like you and me how to find balance in the daily dance with online distractions and an increasingly connected digital society that’s supposed to enrich our lives.