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The Power of No Instagram

The Power of No Instagram

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It's attached to your hand.

By Dan Gonzales                                                                                                April 30, 2019

It's attached to your hand.

By Dan Gonzales                                                                                                April 30, 2019

It's attached to your hand.

By Dan Gonzales                                                                                                April 30, 2019

It's attached to your hand.

 By Dan Gonzales                                                     April 30, 2019

Clarity and peace of mind are so underrated in society, it's shocking.

Clarity and peace of mind are so underrated in society, it's shocking.

How one's time is spent is up to the individual. Whether that's with friends and family, at work, or alone the common denominator we all share is time. We all have places to be, things to do, and that small window of opportunity where we get to think to ourselves. But things get tricky with the notion of "free time." Coined as leisure, popular activities that are quickly associated with the term are putting one's feet up or going for a casual walk. However, for millennials leisure has become an activity spent on phones, specifically social media accounts, most popularly, Instagram.

The advertising industry has become a pillar of society and we cannot escape it. Search for something like books on Google and immediately, an ad for Barnes & Noble is the first search result, go to the explore tab or better yet, scroll for about five pictures on the Instagram news feed and notice an ad for a product you have never seen before or worse, a product related to that Burberry bag you had just talked to Alice about...

I can understand why Kevin Systrom decided to leave Facebook. Being part of a company that continually strives to target users based directly off of algorithms catered towards people's individual likes and dislikes not only seems nosy but pushy. Please don't get me wrong, Instagram is a great product and app that enables its users to be more connected with their friends and perhaps what is happening in the world but when the platform absorbs much of your daily life for no apparent reason than the feeling of scrolling and viewing photos simply feels good I believe this is when things turn dangerous.

I noticed that Snapchat as a company was beginning to show signs of what I view as a collapse when major executives left the company. I turned to using the app and really trying to get a sense for the user experience and compared it to Instagram which when adopted story capabilities has taken off even more. Our addiction stems off of the platform's user interface and user experience. The platform is extremely sticky, meaning that it is exciting to use and garners attention easily.

I remember a time before smartphones were as ubiquitous when people would actually appear cognizant in front of other people. Human interaction seemed less intimidating and socially acceptable than today. Correct me if I'm wrong but I guess things have changed?

As a Catholic, for Lent this year I decided that the best sacrifice I could make was to give up using Instagram. Wow, have the results been astonishing. Now that I don't have Instagram on my phone anymore I am literally allocating my focus and time more effectively. As an investor in Facebook, this is quite a contradiction. If I believe in the company's ability to generate more and more sales over time and their overall mission, shouldn't I treat the products they have as a priority?

Gary Vaynerchuk seems to be the epitome of being a successful businessman while making a living out of social media. How could someone be so productive and successful with Vayner X and everything he's running? It has to do with a team of assistants posting on the platform for him and a healthy balance of doing what he loves every day which is inspiring the next generation via social media.

 

How one's time is spent is up to the individual. Whether that's with friends and family, at work, or alone the common denominator we all share is time. We all have places to be, things to do, and that small window of opportunity where we get to think to ourselves. But things get tricky with the notion of "free time." Coined as leisure, popular activities that are quickly associated with the term are putting one's feet up or going for a casual walk. However, for millennials leisure has become an activity spent on phones, specifically social media accounts, most popularly, Instagram.

The advertising industry has become a pillar of society and we cannot escape it. Search for something like books on Google and immediately, an ad for Barnes & Noble is the first search result, go to the explore tab or better yet, scroll for about five pictures on the Instagram news feed and notice an ad for a product you have never seen before or worse, a product related to that Burberry bag you had just talked to Alice about...

I can understand why Kevin Systrom decided to leave Facebook. Being part of a company that continually strives to target users based directly off of algorithms catered towards people's individual likes and dislikes not only seems nosy but pushy. Please don't get me wrong, Instagram is a great product and app that enables its users to be more connected with their friends and perhaps what is happening in the world but when the platform absorbs much of your daily life for no apparent reason than the feeling of scrolling and viewing photos simply feels good I believe this is when things turn dangerous.

I noticed that Snapchat as a company was beginning to show signs of what I view as a collapse when major executives left the company. I turned to using the app and really trying to get a sense for the user experience and compared it to Instagram which when adopted story capabilities has taken off even more. Our addiction stems off of the platform's user interface and user experience. The platform is extremely sticky, meaning that it is exciting to use and garners attention easily.

I remember a time before smartphones were as ubiquitous when people would actually appear cognizant in front of other people. Human interaction seemed less intimidating and socially acceptable than today. Correct me if I'm wrong but I guess things have changed?

As a Catholic, for Lent this year I decided that the best sacrifice I could make was to give up using Instagram. Wow, have the results been astonishing. Now that I don't have Instagram on my phone anymore I am literally allocating my focus and time more effectively. As an investor in Facebook, this is quite a contradiction. If I believe in the company's ability to generate more and more sales over time and their overall mission, shouldn't I treat the products they have as a priority?

Gary Vaynerchuk seems to be the epitome of being a successful businessman while making a living out of social media. How could someone be so productive and successful with Vayner X and everything he's running? It has to do with a team of assistants posting on the platform for him and a healthy balance of doing what he loves every day which is inspiring the next generation via social media.

Social Media is a dual edge sword.

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The Pros: Relax & stay in touch with friends. The Cons: Lose your sense of reality.

 

Recently, at Hardware Con one of the panelists had said, "I think the future of vacations is when people say I went to the woods without my phone." This drew chucks and giggles from the audience but no one thought it was farfetched. Having worked in Silicon Valley, ridden fancy tech buses and experienced a culture centered around building the next best technology products, it's safe to say that our lives have become digitized.

What I Found Remarkable

I was happier and more connected with my self than I had been in a while. The best part was I paying attention to people around me and truly feeling connected with the world. I believe that phone addiction disrupts our ability to have empathy. I think empathy is what makes us human. In 200 years humans may evolve based off of our current behaviors and not know how to display feelings like love, compassion, and anything else that distinguishes a living being from a material object. We already see the manifestation through dating apps, texting domination, and lack of organic conversation.

Yuval Noah Harari predicts a future where humans become cyborgs meaning that half man half robot isn't as distant of a reality that it may seem.

"Be on the verge." - Dan of Bahia Verge

 

Recently, at Hardware Con one of the panelists had said, "I think the future of vacations is when people say I went to the woods without my phone." This drew chucks and giggles from the audience but no one thought it was farfetched. Having worked in Silicon Valley, ridden fancy tech buses and experienced a culture centered around building the next best technology products, it's safe to say that our lives have become digitized.

What I Found Remarkable

I was happier and more connected with my self than I had been in a while. The best part was I paying attention to people around me and truly feeling connected with the world. I believe that phone addiction disrupts our ability to have empathy. I think empathy is what makes us human. In 200 years humans may evolve based off of our current behaviors and not know how to display feelings like love, compassion, and anything else that distinguishes a living being from a material object. We already see the manifestation through dating apps, texting domination, and lack of organic conversation.

Yuval Noah Harari predicts a future where humans become cyborgs meaning that half man half robot isn't as distant of a reality that it may seem.

"Be on the verge." - Dan of Bahia Verge

Recently, at Hardware Con one of the panelists had said, "I think the future of vacations is when people say I went to the woods without my phone." This drew chucks and giggles from the audience but no one thought it was farfetched. Having worked in Silicon Valley, ridden fancy tech buses and experienced a culture centered around building the next best technology products, it's safe to say that our lives have become digitized.

What I Found Remarkable

I was happier and more connected with my self than I had been in a while. The best part was I paying attention to people around me and truly feeling connected with the world. I believe that phone addiction disrupts our ability to have empathy. I think empathy is what makes us human. In 200 years humans may evolve based off of our current behaviors and not know how to display feelings like love, compassion, and anything else that distinguishes a living being from a material object. We already see the manifestation through dating apps, texting domination, and lack of organic conversation.

Yuval Noah Harari predicts a future where humans become cyborgs meaning that half man half robot isn't as distant of a reality that it may seem.

"Be on the verge." - Dan of Bahia Verge

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