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Creating, consuming, and the third thing.

I think the third thing that we miss in this discussion is… 🥁🥁🥁

I am experimenting with staying off social media for at least a week, namely the blue bird.

This blog is a product of that, being like I mentioned before in a tweet, an attempt to regain a proper platform and own my content.

Additionally, I want to see if creating more than consuming makes me happier. According to all the data in the world, it should.

• Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness
• Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive
• Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression
• Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions
• Reductions in distress and negative emotions
• Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks

Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity by James Clear

Consuming more than creating is definitely how most people use social media. And blogging on your own site definitely counts as creating. But, there’s something missing here! A crucial element of human happiness.

I think the third thing that we miss in this discussion is… 🥁🥁🥁

Connecting.

I mean connecting with people. Here are some examples.

  • Introducing people to each other.
  • Dialogue / conversation on a deep topic.
  • Saying thanks to someone whose work you love.

I don’t think connecting is the same as creating, because you’re not making something tangible you can hold in your hands. (I define creating as making something—it always results in a product whether that’s a painting or essay.)

And I don’t think it’s the same as consuming because it’s not passive—it could actually result in someone living their life just a tiny bit differently.

What’s your thoughts? 🤔

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