When I saw an article about Scroll free September I’ll admit to a momentary flicker of panic. While I am not particularly Twitter or Instagram savvy, like most ex-students I have student friends around the country, and having moved away from the family hub, a lot of my communication is through Facebook.
Like others I know, I’ve built up a support network over the years – parenting groups during the difficult night-waking stage, student friends for support on a course I was taking, groups for tips and encouragement on whatever sport I’m trying my hand at this year.
On the flip side, it’s not always the positive experience our rose-tinted glasses often try to sell us. So much of what is posted on social media can often be carefully edited, tweaked, and distorted to portray a completely different reality. These perfect moments can often seem a world away from our own perspectives and turn a good day into a bad one.
A report from the Royal Society for Public Health highlights a similar picture, and so with Scroll free September they suggest a number of ways to reflect on your social media usage and find better balance.
At OCA we’ve asked staff to take the quiz at the bottom of the campaign page and choose which plan they will be following in September. Some of us were surprised at the results, and will be reflecting regularly on what changes we notice, or what we miss.
#weareoca will feature updates from staff members across the month of September – I will personally be trying the ‘night owl’ (take a break from social media after 6pm each night) after an unsurprising check on my usage via an app-monitoring tool.
We’d love you to join us – let us know how you fared on the quiz and share which plan you’ll be doing!
Image credit: Evelyn Basch, https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/scroll-free-september/resources.html