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Do the People You Follow Social Media Spark Joy?

 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Do you roll your eyes and groan more than you laugh and smile when going through your various social media feeds? Then it's time to clear out the social media clutter, Marie Kondo style.

Social Media Should Bring You Joy

Social media is often stressful. Following a lot of people is time-consuming, and they are really important in your life. Your social media should bring you joy, whether or not it's in touch with friends and family, learning what you're interested in, or just keeping up with your favorite celebrities or athletes.

After all, using social media does not make you happy, then it's the point of using it in the first place? Marie Kondo's method for tidying up can help with that.

Who Is Marie Kondo?

If you have not noticed, decluttering has become a huge craze thanks to a new Netflix series called "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo."

Marie Kondo is a decluttering expert who has written several books on the art of organizing and getting rid of stuff you do not need. Using the KonMari method (created by Kondo herself), viewers and readers are told to go through each of their items one-by-one and only keep things that "spark joy." Everything else is tossed out (after thanking it, of course

 Decluttering a pile of old clothes

It's just about freeing up physical space in your home. You dispose of objects that do not bring you to focus on objects that do.

The KonMari method includes five categories: books, papers, komono (mixed items), and sentimental items. Declutterers go through each category in their home one-by-one to make it easier to get away with the clutter.

All of this is very well done KonMari method to social media. It's easy to think that a clutter is not a problem because we can just follow a bunch of people without taking any physical space, but it does not take up space on our screens and in our minds. Dealing with clutter in your home.

Visualizing Your Ideal Social Media Life

One of the first things that Kondo recommends people do is visualize their ideal lives to get them on track as they begin their decluttering journey. Try to use this same concept for social media.

 Posting on a social media account

Picture your ideal social media experience. As you go through your social media feeds from day to day, what feelings do you want to feel? How much time would you like to spend on scrolling through posts?

Perhaps you want to prioritize posts from your friends and family? Maybe you want to focus more on your hobbies? At the very least, you might want to get rid of the negative people that follow you. Whatever it is you want to get out of social media, be sure to go through your digital decluttering.

KonMari-ing Your Social Media

So what would you say tidying up your social media feeds even entail? It's not like social media contains things like books, papers, and random stuff sitting in your garage, but we can still translate these steps to our digital life. After all, Kondo wants to publish a new book next year discussing how to tidy up our digital clutter.

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Instead of categories like books, papers, and komono, we can break up social media.

Start by going through your friends list on Facebook and follow the people you follow on Twitter and Instagram. From there, look at each one of your friends and followers one-by-one and ask yourself if you enjoy seeing the things they post. In other words, do you post a new update or photo? If not, unfriend or unfollow them.

 Unfriending on Facebook

Alternatively, if you do not want to hurry, you can "mute them" -you'll still be following / friending them, but you will not see any of their posts. It's a little confusing on Facebook since they call this "unfollowing," but you'll be quiet on Facebook friends. So you can "snooze" a Facebook friend for 30 days.

Do not feel bad about this-the person you're unfollowing (on Facebook) or muting (on Twitter or Instagram) will not even know it.

Next, go through any Facebook Pages that you've liked and hashtags that you're following on Instagram. Mindlessly scroll past every time because it's no longer interesting.

Sift through Facebook Groups, Instagram group chats, or any other communities that you are part of on social media. There has been plenty of times where I've just joined a Facebook Group, and the discussion just was not fruitful. But instead of leaving the group, I just end up ignoring it and scrolling past.

 Leaving a Facebook group

Now, with all the clutter gone, you can organize what's left. For example, Facebook lets you pick up certain friends to see you in your news feed.

On Twitter, you can also create custom lists and add certain users, even if you do not follow them.

Decide if a specific social network is even worth using in the first place. While you are going through your various social media accounts, it may be a point when you realize that there's nothing (or very little) about it that sparks joy for you. There's nothing wrong with deleting your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account.

The bottom line is that social media should be fun and entertaining. But finally, it should make you happy. If your social media feeds are annoyed, then what's the point? Social media should spark joy, not frustration.

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