Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | January 7, 2014

Electronic Detox

Ah, New Years. Resolution time. Time to start that diet, begin that exercise regimen; time to get healthy. Yay!

All too often, that “get healthy” thing includes the purchase and consumption of assorted vitamins, minerals, and other supplements. And how better to get started than to “detox. Ah, detox, the scam of scams. Science Based Medicine has a great article about how it works (the scam, not the detox, which does nothing.) I heartily recommend reading it (here). The interesting irony is that your body sees all those new unnecessary vitamins and supplements as actual toxins, and handily disposes of them without you even knowing.

Reading about detoxification and New Year’s resolutions made me think about another kind of cleansing. What if we all took this opportunity to clean up our electronic “bodies”?

Prune that Facebook friend list. Go through those bookmarks and delete anything you haven’t clicked in the last year. Edit that blogroll. (Note to self: take own advice sometime.)

Think about the people in your life. Make more of an effort to reach out to those who nourish you, even if it takes a little extra effort. But consider not going out of your way to respond to people who just bug you; you know, those who are “toxic.”

Now that’s a detox I can get behind.

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