LOUISE MINCHIN

The BBC break­fast host on life be­yond the red sofa

Cheshire Life - - The Edit -

‘I feel like the world is a kinder place, and I have time to do other

things I have been want­ing to do for ages’

De­ter­mined to en­ter 2020 with a more pos­i­tive mind­set, Louise ex­plains why she’s tak­ing a step back from so­cial me­dia…

Much to my joy, I have mirac­u­lously found more time in my life and just in time for the new year.

I had an inkling I spent quite a lot of time get­ting dis­tracted by the world of so­cial me­dia, but un­til I de­cided to delete the apps from my phone, iPad and com­puter, I had no real idea of the im­pact my con­stant in­ter­ac­tion was hav­ing on my life - not just wast­ing time, but also mak­ing me feel neg­a­tive about the world.

The de­ci­sion to take a step back has been a long time com­ing, and I am not alone, there are plenty of oth­ers.

In a re­cent in­ter­view Cold­play’s Chris Martin ad­mit­ted he had been so hurt by a snide tweet claim­ing he had ru­ined

Glas­ton­bury, that he says he won’t play there again for a while, and he also won’t go on­line. It is a huge shame for his le­gions of fans.

You might think I am over­sen­si­tive (I prob­a­bly am), and need to grow a thicker skin (I prob­a­bly do), but the truth is, I can read a hun­dred nice com­ments about me, but it will be the nasty one I will remember, try as I might to shrug it off.

Re­cently the level of ac­ri­mony on so­cial me­dia reached un­nerv­ing lev­els, with peo­ple con­stantly shout­ing at each other, whip­ping up out­rage and throw­ing around wild as­sump­tions. I re­alised, I had had enough of read­ing it and be­ing drawn into the cy­cle of neg­a­tiv­ity.

I wouldn’t say I have found it easy to let go, and I haven’t quite switched it all off, as I still worry I might be miss­ing out on some­thing cru­cial. So, I ad­mit to peek­ing ev­ery cou­ple of days at what’s been said on­line, and, if I feel like it, I will post some­thing my­self. But that is vastly dif­fer­ent to what I was do­ing be­fore - that con­stant check­ing my phone ev­ery few min­utes hardly able to put it down.

The up­sides have been sur­pris­ing, I feel like the world is a kinder place, and I have time to do oth­ers things I have been want­ing to do for ages.

Read­ing books, watch­ing box-sets and ac­tu­ally us­ing my mo­bile to speak to my friends and fam­ily - it’s much bet­ter than fall­ing into a rab­bit hole of dark­ness.

ABOVE: Since her dig­i­tal detox Louise has found more time to en­joy read­ing and na­ture

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