What better occasion than National UnFriend Day to reflect on the dump truck of digital noise poured on us daily? It’s worse than phony friends. Updates! Likes! Retweets! Do you feel frazzled? This well-executed video sums it up disconcertingly well.
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been kept up by the gnawing presence of my inbox. Sort of sad, isn’t it? Really—the last thing anyone should be thinking when away from a screen (which itself is rare) is some parenthesized number. And yet, we can often find this digital muck trickling into our brains when it’s least wanted. How often have you had to put down a book because of a text? Or wondered about a nagging friend request at the movie theater? There’s no shame in it—it’s simply the way we are now, more often than we’d like. Yet another reason to unplug every once in a while, no matter how much we love our tech.