Tuning out to protect my most valuable tool

I made the mistake of checking Twitter this week (alas, you don’t need a Twitter account to check Twitter). I don’t know what I was thinking, probably a momentary lapse of judgment due to boredom. When you rarely check the news or social media, you can almost physically feel the rush of content grabbing your attention and splintering your brain when you do check in. At least I did.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder whether social media, news, and other attention grabbers actually harm people who do creative work. It makes as much sense as a chef using her knife to chop wood–it damages your most valuable tool. I recently saw that Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens came to this conclusion too and decided to quit all social media. For me, at least, I need a lot of brain space to work, and disconnecting is the best way to ensure I have that space. I suspect I’m not the only one.