I Have Finally Reached Social Zero

Nope, you didn’t read it wrong.

According to the infamous Urban Dictionary:

Social Zero

A person who is unpopular, but has a few trusted friends that they have known for a long time. Always hangs out with the same person every day at break and lunch. This term is used to describe an unpopular high schooler. Also ranks at the bottom of the popularity list.

~ JillyJank @Urban Dictionary

Although I’m not a high schooler, this fits me perfectly.

Only thing is, the person I hang out with every day is myself. :)

However, this article is more about my digital life, really.

Three years ago, circa 2016, I decided to quit social media. I deleted all my accounts - while making sure to backup and delete my contents first, when possible.

Needless to say, this radical decision has definitely improved my life.

I won’t go into details why.

The only one that was left was Youtube.

I know, some people don’t consider Youtube as a social media platform, but it actually is:

Social Media

Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

~ Google

I didn’t stop using it because I figured I could simply block some of its contents.

Like the notification icon, the sidebar and the comments section.

I used uBlock Origin on Chrome for this.

But I would find myself deactivating the blocking and still look at them. It was addictive and frustrating.

Yesterday was the final drop, when I missed a self imposed deadline because I was watching motocross videos - I LOVE MOTOCROSSES btw.

So I got myself a new Chrome extension: Block Site.

I added Youtube and many other addictive websites into my list of websites to block and made them all redirect to my todo list.

Today is my first day without Youtube and any other social media platform whatsoever.

I figured the upsides were not worth the downsides.

I also figured I primarily used it as a learning platform and since I’m a very pragmatic person, I believe it’s time I put what I’ve been learning into practice.

I mean, I’ve been learning from Youtube since I can even remember and I know that I cannot get into action if I only keep learning.

This is my opportunity to stop this addiction to learning and I’m taking it with no regrets.

Stay golden.